RIBICOFF, Abraham Alexander

1910–1998

Biography

RIBICOFF, Abraham Alexander, a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in New Britain, Hartford County, Conn., April 9, 1910; attended the public schools and New York University; graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1933 and was admitted to the bar the same year; member, Connecticut legislature 1938-1942; judge of Hartford Police Court 1941-1943, 1945-1947; chairman, assembly of municipal court judges for the State of Connecticut 1941-1942; member of the Charter Revision Commission of the city of Hartford 1945-1946; hearing examiner, Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act 1937-1939; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1953); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952 and was unsuccessful for election to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate; Governor of Connecticut 1955-1961, when he was sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Cabinet of President John F. Kennedy; elected to the United States Senate in 1962; reelected in 1968 and 1974 and served from January 3, 1963, to January 3, 1981; was not a candidate for reelection in 1980; chairman, Committee on Government Operations (Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses), Committee on Governmental Affairs (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); practiced law in New York City and resided in Cornwall Bridge, Conn. Died in New York City on February 22, 1998; interment at Cornwall Cemetery, Cornwall, Conn.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

American Jewish Archives

Cincinnati, OH
Papers: Correspondence in Abraham Jehiel Feldman papers, 1906-1977. Finding aid.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library

College Park, MD
Papers: 18 audiotapes (1966-1975) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Columbia University
Oral History Project

New York, NY
Oral History: September 26, 1988-August 17, 1989. 465 pages. Also discussed in 3 interviews.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 3 official letters (1974-1976) in the Bella S. Abzug collection; 3 letters on personal business (1957-1961) in the Overbrook Press collection; 1 letter on personal business (April 24, 1969) in the Random House collection; and 1 letter on personal business (January 18, 1962) in the Women's National Book Association records. Finding aid.

Connecticut State Library

Hartford, CT
Papers: 1954-1970. 6 feet. Scrapbooks and newspaper clippings chiefly pertaining to his election and service as governor; and a photograph.
Additional Papers: In the state archives, gubernatorial papers, 1955-1961.

Gerald R. Ford Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1977. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1949-1953. 3 feet. Personal and constituent correspondence, news clippings, and miscellaneous material from service in the U.S. House of Representatives. Restricted.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1949-1981. 265.2 linear feet. Pre-Senate records (1949-1960) and Senate records (1963-1980); 172 microfilm reels of correspondence; and 21 microfilm reels of scrapbooks. Includes subject and speech files from service in House of Representatives, as governor, and secretary of health, education and welfare; and from Senate service, administrative, departmental, and legislative files consisting of correspondence, reports, speeches, press releases, bill files, legislative assistants' records, voting records, biographical information, article and book file, reports, photographs, audio and video tape recordings, and memorabilia. Government Operations committee files (1975-1976) include correspondence, memoranda, reports, congressional testimony and transcripts, clippings and other printed material pertaining to investigation of computer crime in federal programs and private industry. Access restricted. Finding aid.

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library

Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Mary E. Switzer papers, 1922-1973; and Hamilton family papers, 1818-1974. Finding aid.

University of Connecticut Libraries
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Storrs, CT
Papers: 21 microfilm reels of scrapbooks (1963-1979), originals at Library of Congress.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Margaret Bayne Price papers, 1918-1969. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982; Isidore Sydney Falk papers, 1918-1984; George A. Silver papers, 1955-1979; Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970; Edward Joseph Logue papers, 1931-1975; and Richard Charles Lee papers, 1934-1990.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Davidson, Roger H. "Campaigns and Elections: Two Cases: Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut." In On Capitol Hill: Studies in the Legislative Process, by John Bibby and Roger H. Davidson, pp. 30-52. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1967.

___. "The Work Environment: Two Perspectives: A Day with Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut." In On Capitol Hill: Studies in the Legislative Process, by John F. Bibby and Roger H. Davidson, pp. 100-22.

Ribicoff, Abraham A. America Can Make It! New York: Atheneum, 1972.

___. "A Market-Sharing Approach to the World Nuclear Sales Problem." Foreign Affairs 54 (July 1976): 763-87.

Ribicoff, Abraham A. "Autobiographical Sketch." Connecticut Jewish History 1 (Summer 1990): 13-28.

Ribicoff, Abraham A., with Paul Danaceau. The American Medical Machine. New York: Saturday Review Press, 1972.

Ribicoff, Abraham A., and Jon O. Newman. Politics: The American Way. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1967.

Sokol, Jason. All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn. New York: Basic Books, 2014.

U.S. Congress. Senate. Tributes to the Honorable Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut in the United States Senate, Upon the Occasion of His Retirement from the Senate. 96th Cong., 2d sess., 1980. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1980.

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