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Nominate Lehman for Governor of New York; Would Be First Jew to Hold This Office

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dier in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

After the war the family came to New York where Colonel Lehman was born. A tradition of the family for sixty years is that one of its members must sit on the board of Mount Sinai Hospital. Colonel Lehman was a member of the Board from 1915 to 1920, when Mrs. Lehman took the office.

Colonel Lehman is a graduate of Williams College from which he received his A. B. degree in 1899 and an honorary M. A. in 1921.

It was through his work at the Henry Street Settlement that Colonel Lehman first met Alfred E. Smith. In 1924, Governor Smith named him a member of his mediation Commission. In 1926 Colonel Lehman served as manager for Mr. Smith’s fourth campaign as governor and during the latter’s presidential campaign was his financial director.

It was Mr. Smith who was responsible for the Colonel’s nomination as Lieutenant-Governor.

Colonel Lehman’s activity during the World War brought him into contact with Governor Roosevelt.

At the age of 39, when the war broke out, Colonel Lehman desired to enlist as a private in the army. When because of his age, he desisted, he sought a commission in the first officer’s training corps. When this was held up because of his age, he applied to the Navy Department and was assigned to duty under Franklin D. Roosevelt who was then Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

Simultaneously the Army sought his services and he was assigned to the Ordinance Department, first as Captain and later as Colonel in charge of the purchase, distribution and storage of all supplies for General Pershing’s army overseas and here, whose value was billions of dollars.

After the armistice Colonel Lehman was retained as special Assistant to the Secretary of War and the War Department Claims Board. He was awarded the distinguished service medal in July, 1919.

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