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Charles Edison (August 3, 1890July 31, 1969), son of Thomas Edison, was a businessman, Assistant and then Acting Secretary of the Navy, and governor of New Jersey. Jump to: navigation, search August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1890 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining, as the final day of July. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Jump to: navigation, search Thomas Alva Edison Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an inventor and businessman who developed many important devices. ... Flag of the United States Secretary of the Navy. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Garden State Other U.S. States Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Governor Richard Codey (D) Acting Senators Jon Corzine (D) Frank Lautenberg (D) Official languages None defined Area 22,608 km² (47th)  - Land 19,231 km²  - Water 3,378 km² (14. ...


Biography

Born at his parents' home Glenmont, he attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He married his college sweetheart Carolyn Hawkins on March 27, 1918. For a number of years Charles Edison ran Edison Records. Charles became president of his father's company Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1927, and ran it until it was sold in 1959. Glenmont is the name of some places in the United States of America: Glenmont, Maryland Glenmont, New York Glenmont, Ohio This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Hotchkiss School is a private, coeducational preparatory school in Lakeville, Connecticut, USA. // History Hotchkiss was founded in 1891 by Maria Bissell Hotchkiss with the encouragement of Yale University president Timothy Dwight V. Maria Hotchkiss was the widow of Benjamin B. Hotchkiss, who founded the French... Lakeville, Connecticut is a village in Salisbury in Litchfield County, Connecticut, on Lake Wononskopomuc. ... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in Leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Edison Records was the first record label, pioneering recorded sound and an important player in the early record industry. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1927 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1937 President Roosevelt appointed Charles Edison as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, then as Acting Secretary on January 2, 1940, Claude A. Swanson having died several months previously. Edison himself only kept the job until June 24, resigning to run his gubernatorial campaign. During his time in the Navy department, he advocated construction of the large Iowa-class battleships, and that one of them be built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which secured votes for Roosevelt in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the 1940 election; in return, Roosevelt had BB-62 named the USS New Jersey. Jump to: navigation, search 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882–April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States, the longest-serving holder of the office and the only man to be elected President more than twice, was one of the central figures of 20th century history. ... Jump to: navigation, search January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Claude Augustus Swanson (March 31, 1862–July 7, 1939) was an American politician. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... Four Iowa-class battleships were built in the early 1940s in the United States. ... HMS Victory in 1884 In naval warfare, battleships were the most heavily armed and armored warships afloat. ... The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, formerly Navy Yard, was the first naval shipyard of the United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Keystone State Other U.S. States Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell (D) Senators Arlen Specter (R) Rick Santorum (R) Official languages None Area 119,283 km² (33rd)  - Land 116,074 km²  - Water 3,208 km² (2. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Garden State Other U.S. States Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Governor Richard Codey (D) Acting Senators Jon Corzine (D) Frank Lautenberg (D) Official languages None defined Area 22,608 km² (47th)  - Land 19,231 km²  - Water 3,378 km² (14. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The second United States Navy New Jersey (BB-62), known as Big J, is an Iowa-class battleship that was in service from 1943 to 1991, one of the longest-serving battleships of the 20th century. ...


In 1940 he won election as governor of New Jersey, running in reaction to the political machine run by Frank Hague, but broke with family tradition by declaring himself a Democrat. As governor he proposed updating the state constitution. Although it failed in a referendum and nothing was changed during his tenure, state legislators did reform the constitution later. In 1948 he established a charitable foundation, originally called "The Brook Foundation", now the Charles Edison Fund. Jump to: navigation, search 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... A political machine is an unofficial system of political organization based on patronage, the spoils system, and behind-the-scenes control within the structure of a representative democracy. ... Frank Hague was the corrupt mayor and boss of Jersey City, New Jersey from 1917 to 1947. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1948 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Between 1951 and 1969 he lived in the Waldorf Astoria Towers, where he struck up a friendship with Herbert Hoover, who also lived there. In 1962, Edison was one of the founders of the Conservative Party of New York State. His personal mascot was the owl, and he collected objects depicting owls. Charles Edison is buried in East Orange, New Jersey. Jump to: navigation, search 1951 was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Waldorf=Astoria hotel The Waldorf=Astoria (often simplified to Waldorf-Astoria) is an American 42-story luxury hotel and Art Deco landmark located on Park Avenue in Manhattan since 1931. ... Jump to: navigation, search Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) is best known as being the 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Conservative Party of New York is a minor political party active only in New York State. ... Jump to: navigation, search Families Strigidae Tytonidae An owl is any of some 200+ species of solitary, mainly nocturnal birds of prey in the order Strigiformes. ...


References

  • Richard J. Connors, State Constitutional Convention Studies, #4: The Process of Constitutional Revision in New Jersey: 1940-1947. (New York: National Municipal League, 1970).
  • John D. Venable, Out of the Shadow: the Story of Charles Edison (Charles Edison Fund, 1978).

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Preceded by:
Claude A. Swanson
United States Secretary of the Navy
1940 (acting)
Succeeded by:
Frank Knox
Preceded by:
A. Harry Moore
Governor of New Jersey
19411944
Succeeded by:
Walter E. Edge

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Charles Edison - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (367 words)
Charles Edison (August 3, 1890–July 31, 1969), son of Thomas Edison, was a businessman, Assistant and then Acting Secretary of the Navy, and governor of New Jersey.
Charles became president of his father's company Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1927, and ran it until it was sold in 1959.
Charles Edison is buried in East Orange, New Jersey.
The Pragmatic Populism of a Non-Partisan Politician (4234 words)
Edison believed that affluent Americans had an inherent obligation to assist in the preservation of the institutions that had enabled their fathers to rise from obscurity and penury to affluence and acclaim.
Edison feared that unless counteracted, the exponential growth of the federal bureaucracy would lead to an inevitable, and potentially irreversible, erosion of the sovereignty of the individual states, as federal agencies assumed responsibilities and powers which properly rested with the states.
Charles Edison's career in public service was predicated on the proposition that, if democracy was to survive the turbulence caused by economic depression and cataclysmic military conflict, every American had a sacred responsibility to safeguard his freedoms through active participation in the mechanics of democracy--the foundation of which is the regular exercise of the franchise.
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