(1904 - 1986)
Jacob Koppel Javits was born in New York City on May 18, 1904. He attended
the public schools, worked as a traveling salesman, and attended night
classes at Columbia University. He graduated from the New York University
Law School in 1926 and was admitted to the bar in 1927. Javits practiced
law in New York City and also became a lecturer and author of articles
on political and economic problems.
During the Second World War, Javits served with the Chemical Warfare
Service (1941-1944) and with the overseas service in the European and
Pacific Theaters. He was discharged as a lieutenant colonel in 1945
and resumed the practice of law.
Javits was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and to the three
succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1947, until his resignation
December 31, 1954. He had been renominated in 1954 to the Eighty-fourth
Congress, but withdrew; serving instead as attorney general of New York
(1954-1957). He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate
in 1956 for the term commencing January 3, 1957, but did not assume
his duties until January 9, 1957. Javits was reelected in 1962, 1968,
and again in 1974, and served from January 9, 1957, to January 3, 1981.
In 1980, he lost his seat and resumed the practice of law; serving also
as an adjunct professor of public affairs at Columbia University’s
School of International Affairs.
Javits died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on March 7, 1986.
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