W. Averell Harriman served as the Governor of New York from 1955 to 1958. A collection of records held at the New York State Archives, which cover both Harriman’s 1954 and 1958 campaigns, include copies of speeches, addresses, press releases, correspondence, party platforms, and fact sheet binders.
Also included are the reference materials used by Milton D. Stewart, who served as Harriman’s assistant during these campaigns and would later serve as the Executive Assistant to the Governor’s Counsel, and the records provided to Harriman with information about the condition of the New York’s state and local governments and such things as the state’s dairy market, education and public works projects, particularly highways.
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Photo of victory celebration for the election of Averell Harriman as governor of New York, 1954. The celebration was held at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City. Harriman, in front of microphones, raised the arms of his wife Marie and New York City mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. From NYSA Series 13703-08.