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164th New York State Legislature

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164th New York State Legislature
163rd 165th
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
JurisdictionNew York, United States
TermJanuary 1, 1943 – December 31, 1944
PresidentLt. Gov. Thomas W. Wallace (R), until July 17, 1943;
Lt. Gov. Joe R. Hanley [1944]
Temporary PresidentJoe R. Hanley (R) [1943];
Benjamin F. Feinberg (R) [1944]
Party controlRepublican (31–20)
SpeakerOswald D. Heck (R)
Party controlRepublican (90–59–1)
1stJanuary 6 – March 26, 1943
2ndJanuary 5 – March 18, 1944
3rdOctober 30, 1944 –

The 164th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 6, 1943, to October 30, 1944, during the first and second years of Thomas E. Dewey's governorship, in Albany.

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Please stand by for realtime captions. >> Good morning and welcome to this glorious celebration of achievement. I am Noel Wilkin and I served our university as Interim Provost and executive vice Chandler Deseret Chancellor. Before we get started I want to encourage our guest to fill in the seats behind our students and faculty. It is my greatest pleasure to introduce the 17th Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter. [ Applause ] Good morning and welcome to this historic beautiful grove and to the pinnacle of the academic year , today we recognize the success of our students, family, faculty and staff. This is a day to be enjoyed and remembered, a happy day for all of us. Especially all of you parents and other students who have been paying tuition. It is such a remarkable site from my vantage point here, seeing so many happy, excited faces. I just wish you all could experience this view for yourselves. Away, I have an idea. I'm going to take a panoramic photo. Would all of you please smile and remain smiling. Okay, that work. You all can get it later on on my twitter page this afternoon. The first Ole Miss students graduated 166 years ago, when the first diplomas were awarded in 1851. Through this ceremony, we continue this where the tradition of recognizing achievement. Cody Ryan Arthur, who will receive the bachelor of arts degree in ceremonies today, will lead us as we sing our national anthem. Would you please stand? >> [ National Anthem being sung ] >> [ Applause ] >> Thank you, Cody. We are grateful, also, to our faculty musicians, Doctor John Schuesselin and Dr. Stanley Friedman on trumpet and Dr. Jason Derrick, organist, for their contributions to this commitment. Let's give them a round of applause. [ Applause ] We welcome all the families and friends of the graduates to campus , and we give thanks for this beautiful day. Many of you have come from great distances to see her sons, daughters, spouses, relatives, or friends receive diplomas. We know our graduates are grateful for your support and encouragement. Graduates, it is traditional now for you to stand and express appreciation to those who have loved, encouraged, and supported you during your years at Ole Miss. So graduates, please stand. [ Applause ] >> The men and women of our faculty have committed their lives to learning, discovering, and engaging, they have taught, challenge, nurtured, and inspired our graduates while helping them repair for -- prepare for a long, vibrant future. I have also established friendships that will continue for life. Will the faculty please stand and express our appreciation to you. [ Applause ] >> Members of the Board of Trustees of the state institutes of higher learning are appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate, and serve nine year terms. We are grateful for their unselfish dedication to higher education in Mississippi. Today we are pleased to have Mr. Alan Perry as Past President of the IHL Board of Trustees, Dr. Alfred McNair, Dr. Ford Dye, Ms. Ann Lamar, and Mr. Shane Hooper to represent our governing board and join us in our platform party. Please join me in welcoming the Board of Trustees. [ Applause ] >> A major component of our university is our health science campus in Jackson. The University of Mississippi Medical Center, which is the only academic medical center in Mississippi, houses six of our schools including medicine, dentistry, nursing, health related professions, the graduate school in the health sciences, and population health. Population health being only the third school of its kind in the country . Leading that campus is Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, and Dean of the School of Medicine, Dr. LouAnn Woodward. Applause I am pleased to welcome Provost Wilkin back to the podium. >> Thank you Chancellor Vitter. I am pleased to introduce distinguished and dedicated platform party who leave the University and join us to command our graduates. As I introduce you, please stand and remain standing. I asked that the audience please hold their applause until they are all introduced. Mr. Larry Spahr, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance , Dr. Joseph Gladden, interim vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, Dr. Brandi Hephner LaBanc, Vice Chancellor for student affairs and leadership in counseling education, Mr. Ross., Vice Chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, Dr. Donna Strum, associate Provost Professor of pharmacy micturition, and research professor in the Institute of pharmaceutical sciences, Dr. Richard Forgette, associate Provost, interim director and political of sciences. Doctor John Cole, Assistant Provost and Associate Professor of Mathematics, Mr. Wendell Weakley, President of the University of Mississippi Foundation, Mr. Lee Tyner, General Counsel and Instructor in Business Administration, Dr. Douglas-Sullivan Gonzalez, Dean of the Sally McDonnell arc still on our college and professor of history, presser Cecelia Botero, Dean of University libraries , our student leaders joining us on the platform today are Mr. Austin Powell, associate student body president for the 20 16th 2017 academic year. Mr. Alexandros Vasios-Sivvopoulos, graduate student Council President for the 2016, 2017 academic year. Please join me in welcoming the academic party. [ Applause ] The remainder of our platform party will be introduced as they come forward to play a role in the ceremony. Last evening, our doctoral students were put in a special ceremony. We asked them to please stand and be recognized. [ Applause ] >> Thank you . Each year, as part of our honors convocation called Elsie Hood out tanning teacher award is presented to a member of our faculty. This year, Dr. John Rimoldi, professor of medicinal chemistry, of our mental toxicology in arm exercises and briefers fester in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and director of research and graduate affairs and biomolecular sciences was a recipient of the singular honor. Dr. Rimoldi, please stand to be recognized. [ Applause ] At this time, it is my pleasure to call for Dr. Brandi Hephner LaBanc , who will present the first award . Good morning. For more than two decades, the first award has recognized university employees to go above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate their commitment to the students. Doctor Thomas rest, and Ole Miss alumnus from Nashville and founder of Hospital Corporation of America established the efforts to endowment here in 1995. The cornerstone of doctors success with his emphasis on service, whether as a position of a CEO or a volunteer. The endowment provides a monetary award each year to a faculty member and a staff member who has been selected for their exceptional service to students. This year, the staff award goes to Whitman Smith, the University director of admissions . Generally, once a student enrolls in the University, the admissions director's job is pretty much finished but as parents of one of our graduating seniors point out in their nomination letter, Whitman has rewritten the playbook. This family, like thousands of others met Whitman at orientation and they wrote that he went well beyond helping them acclimate to the environment . Over the next few years, he built relationships with the students and his parents said, had it not been for Whitman and his encouragement and open door, our son may not be graduating in May. Women's voice of reason and understanding encouraged him when it seemed that no one else could . Looking back, over the past four years, the student remarked, I always felt like I could just stop by his office at any point and have a good conversation with a friend. Whitman has been on campus pretty much his whole life. He is a fourth generation Ole Miss employee and has said that one of his earliest memories is visiting where his mother worked. He started working there right after he graduated from the University and has never left. Please join me in honoring Whitman Smith. [ Applause ] >> This year, we have a rare type for the faculty recipient of the first award. The first honorary is Doctor Bob Brown, who is been at the University since 1991. When he joined the Department of political science as the professor . Known across campus as now standing lecture who encourages his students to think, read, and practice empathy, Doctor Brown is also the past winner of the outstanding teacher award in the top teaching honor here at Ole Miss. For the past several years, he has also taught in the honors college where he leads a popular freshman seminar course. In a nomination letter for him, one student wrote, he has gone above and beyond as professor. His dedication to his students is shining every step of the way. Doctor Brown has put six students in the hometown and gave books to student just because he thought they would enjoy them, and has become a faithful campus voice outspoken against sexual assault. When students had doubt about her, path , she said that he sat with me and went over possible majors and showed up to deduce me to all the deeds. Not surprisingly, the student says she considers Doctor Brown a mentor and a true friend. Our second recipient is Doctor Donald Dyer who recently left his longtime post as chair of the Department of modern languages to become associate Dean for faculty and academic affairs and the College of Liberal arts. Doctor Dyer, who began teaching at Ole Miss in 1998 is a professor of linguistics and like Doctor Brown, also teachers in the honors college. We got multiple nomination letters for Doctor Dyer from most students and faculties who commended him for having taking the language and linguistics program to exceptional heights. He has always been supportive of new ideas , innovations and teaching languages including less commonly languages such as Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. Thanks to his hard work , professional skill, the Department of modern languages has achieved great success , national and international recognition and respect. A student wrote that Doctor Dyer had helped him pay for graduate classes and has taught a number of courses and even led a Summerlin, six course for free rather than making students wait another semester to take it. Doctor Dyer leads by example. He is ready to do what is best for the students and the University , a student wrote. Faculty members who put this much of their lives into ensuring that students get the most of their time here are what makes our university such an amazing place. Please join me in honoring both doctored Bob Brown and Doctor Don Dwyer -- Dyer. [ Applause ] >> Is now my pleasure to call forward Doctor Josh Gladden, for the presentation of distinguished research and creative achievement award. Good morning . It is a great honor and a privilege to announce the 2017 recipients of the University of Mississippi distinguished research and creative achievement award. Before I announce the ward, I would like to think pharmaceutics international Inc. whose generous sponsorship made this award possible. Siad of BD Syed Abidi, the CEO of PII is and Ole Miss alumnus and dedicated to supporting the University led to the establishment of this award in 2008. Singles research and a chat -- creative achievement award record rises and pays tribute to a faculty member whose career and achievements have generated national and international accolades. Someone who has been a leader in his chosen field, who is inspired and encouraged by others, who is admired and respected by his peers, and who has made outstanding lifelong contributions to the his profession to our institution. In a twist, today, I have the honor of presenting this award to the person who presented it many times before me, Dr. Alice Clark, Vice Chancellor for University relations and FAP barnyard distinguished faster of Pharmacognosy. Dr. Clark is an inspiration to all of us who balances roles in academia and research. She has built to distinguished careers simultaneously . One is a prolific and international renowned scientists, the other is a leader in the University community whose bold and innovative ideas helped shape the great institution that we see today. Dr. Clark joined the University of the research associate and faculty member in 1979. She previously earned both her MS and PhD degrees in Pharmacognosy at the University of Mississippi. Prior to her current role as Vice Chancellor of University relations, Doctor Clark served as Vice Chancellor for research and sponsored programs during her time as Vice Chancellor for research, the University attained the R1 Heise research activity designation by the Carnegie classification of institutes of higher learning. A high honor for doctoral universal research universities and the United States representing only 2.5% of universities nationwide. During her time as VC for research, Dr. Clark found support for the creation of development and many research centers and institutes on campus. She oversaw many University economic developing efforts, including the creation of insight Park on the University research Park, and the innovation hub at its a part. Before becoming the Vice Chancellor for research, Dr. Clark served as the director of the University of Mississippi national Center for natural products research. Under her leadership and has resulted of her strategic efforts, the center grew from a small unit to the international leader and national products drug discovery. Dr. Clark has published extensively -- public extensively on discovery of the novel biologically active natural buttocks and parasitical's, authoring and co-authoring more than 100 original research meetings, reviews and book chapters. She is presented over 100 contrary to papers at scientific meetings and given 19 invited symposiums, seminars, and workshops presented in the field of expertise. As principal investigator, she received continuous peer-reviewed NIH funding from 1984 to 19 -- 2014 to conduct research related to the discovery of development of new drugs for opportunist infections. Dr. Clark is served in several leading positions and national and international repression associations, including president of the American Society for pharmacology and the chair of from accrual -- pharmaceutical sciences sections of the American Association for the events or signs. And addition to today's award, she's been the recipient of many honors. In 2010, she received the Marcy Spear as Sandy Rivera Ward, the preeminent honor for commitment to peer review given by the national Institute of the health center for specific -- scientific review. She was the 1996 row child national lecturer, she is the fellow of the American Association for advancement of science and the American Association of are includable -- pharmaceutical sciences. In their leverage of -- letters of support, Dr. Clark's colleagues and former students praise her passionate research , tireless efforts to encourage and mentor others, and leadership abilities. One student noted that her enthusiasm, knowledge, tenacity and humility made her clear that she would be an excellent mentor. A colleague called her a great credit to the University of Mississippi and to all the science and the tremendous ambassador for both. Unfortunately, Dr. Clark cannot be here today but hopefully she is watching . Please join me in congratulating Dr. Alice Clark the recipient of the University 2017 distinguished research and creative achievement award. Congratulations Alice. [ Applause ] The president of the senior class is Mr. Saxon Nelson. He will receive his bachelor of arts degree in ceremonies later today. Is welcome Esther Nelson. [ Applause ] Thank you , Provost Wilkin. Good morning classmates, family, and friends. This past year I've had the distinct privilege of serving as your class president. Now, I know most of you are sitting there and wondering what that even means. My task this year has been designing and organizing our class. This year, [ Indiscernible ] along with the buttocks department have chosen a plaque to be placed on the new extension of the walk. On the plaque will be engraved, our beloved hottie tardy champ is was a class of 2017. As a class, we have raised over $8400 and had over 750 individual seniors participate. This amount is above and beyond the calls to our project would leaves a lot of funds to her successors so that they can begin the year with confidence. I have witnessed over and over again, the amazing things that our class is capable of we come together. This may seem extremely optimistic for what we do coming up. As you leave, don't be afraid of what is to come. As Mr. Yunus Doug -- Master Yoda said, fear is [ Indiscernible ] expecting the worst hoping for the best and living for the future. Thanks to my class for a phenomenal four years, hottie tardy, and God bless. [ Applause ] >> Thank you Mr. Nelson. Doctor Paul Howell Moore Junior is the president of the Ole Miss alumni Association and its from Pascagoula, Mississippi. Is welcome Dr. Moore. -- Please welcome Dr. Moore. [ Applause ] Honored guest, graduates, friends and family, it is my pleasure to welcome you here today on behalf of the Ole Miss alumni Association. You will soon be alumni of a very special place. This will require you to intentionally join the Association and I hope that you choose to do so. A day like today reminds me how very significant this university has been in most of our lives. Is a three-year-old, in 1954, I first entered the school here. I was not a prodigy but was a member of the laboratory preschool, the rebels football team was the FCC champion and number six in the nation. Of course, I remembered none of that but I do remember being taught to play fairly. I hope that all of you have learned that lesson by now and have made playing fairly a distinctive of your life. 15 years later, I returned as a freshman the rebels won that year including the Super Bowl victory and were again ranked in the top 10 in the nation. I had the honor of playing on the same field with Archie Manning and other greats. Okay, I was playing the saxophone but I was there. [ Laughter ]. As a junior, I took genetics and learned from my professor, former professor of the year, Doctor will sing them on that the possibility of anything happening is one. The possibility of anything happening is one. That deceptively simple truth has let me well give me inspiration and hope during challenging circumstances. I hope that you will remember that when faced with obstacles and opportunities. At the Ole Miss campus in Jackson, as a junior in medical school, I, along with a whole generation of physicians was inspired by the teachings of Doctor Peter glaze. A cardiologist and it was his role to teach production to clinical medicine. That is when we first officially talked and touched patients, and intimidating expense for a 23-year-old. Although he taught us the core principles of medicine, that is not what he is remembered for. He taught us the answer to, what do I do now? The answer of course is to do the right thing. A piece of advice that has never failed me nor will it you . So, congratulations on your achievement and remember to play fairly, remember that all is possible, and most importantly remember to do the right thing. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Thank you, Dr. Moore. Hal and I and several others got to spend a week together three weeks ago traveling the nine sites across the rebel road trip and we had a great time. Here at Ole Miss, we have another very long-standing and impressive tradition and that is bringing nationally and internationally figures to campus for our commencement adjustment. This year is certainly no exception. It is my distinct pleasure that we have with us today prize-winning author John Meacham , a celebrated writer, historian, editor, journalist, and media figure. Mr. Meacham is the author of several celebrated works. In 2009, his biography of Andrew Jackson was played for his vivid honest betrayal of America's seventh president. Historian Michael Ben Schloss called it a soul binding , brilliant and irresistible journey that shows us how the old hero transforms both the American presidency and the nation he loved. If Andrew Jackson had not won the battle of New Orleans, we might all be speaking in a British accent today. In addition to his biography of Andrew Jackson, Mr. Meacham's other highly acclaimed work include Franklin and Winston, and intimate portrait of an epic friendship, American gospel for God the founding fathers in the making of the nation, Thomas Jefferson, the art of power, and destiny in power, the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. And number one bestseller. He is currently working on a biography of James and Dolly Madison. In addition, Mr. Meacham spoke -- books have received -- received many awards. The art of power received the 2013 Museum book award , a prize that recognizes books of exceptional merit, written on the Revolutionary war era. Franklin and Winston was honored with the Kobe award of the E Kobe military writer symposium. Mr. Meacham also was honored with the 2015 Nashville literary award. John Meacham began his career for the Chattanooga Times before serving and editorial roles as prominent publications across the land. It was in these roles that he earned national recognition as a distinctly knowledgeable expert on American politics, both historical and current. Esther Meacham is a former editor of the Washington monthly and was managing editor before becoming the editor of the magazine from 2006 to 2010. As executive editor at Random House, he published books by Al Gore and many others. He is contributing editor of times, where he writes for the magazine ideas section. He writes a column for the New York Times book review, that examines books that speak to our current and historical and cultural moments. In addition to his work as a writer and editor, John Meacham is a regular television guest on morning Joe, Charlie Rose, and other broadcasts. He has appeared on Meet the Press, the Colbert report, real time with Omar, and was included in Cambridge documentary series, the Roosevelts and intimate history. Mr. Meacham attended the University of the South. He graduated summa [NULL] laude as salutatorian and the member of Phi Beta Kappa. He currently is in Nashville with his wife and children and makes distinguished visiting professor as both Vanderbilt University and the University of the South. Many of you may not know this, but Mr. Meacham's wife is from the Mississippi Delta. He has not one but two cousins who work here at the University. For that, we made him officially last night, and honorary Ole Miss rebel. We actually presented him with an official proclamation. Whether it is through his journalism , television appearances, or by writing definitive, historical biographies, Esther Meacham consistently provides a clear and authoritative voice in national discussions. I am eager to hear his advice today to the class of 2017. Please let us all give a rowdy Ole Miss welcome to John Meacham. [ Applause ] >> Thank you . I just asked the Chancellor if he does funerals as well because it is all downhill from here. I was just sitting there thinking, yeah, I think he has a point about all that. My mind went quickly, before my head got too big to a moment, I guess it was eight years now on the Washington Mall, I was at the books Festival and I just published a book about injured action and I was on my way to give a talk about it. A woman ran up to me which does not happen enough as a basic rule, or ever really, and she said, oh my God, it is you. And I said, well yes, existentially speaking, that is hard to argue with. This may be the only place in Mississippi where I can use X essential as an adverb . Well done. She said, I want you to sign your new book. Will you wait right here? I'm in the retail business so I said absolutely. I was standing there in thinking, life is good. I have written these books and people are recognizing me and want me to sign them and I was thinking life is just perfect. Hence a God, she brought back John Grisham's latest novel. So, whenever I think I have the world exactly where I wanted, I remind myself that somewhere in America, there is a woman with a forged copy of the Runaway jury. [ Laughter ]. I am deeply grateful for your hospitality , President Nelson has already quoted Yoda and Jerry Garcia, well done. That is tricky to do . As you have heard, I the Tennessean by birth and inclination. I treat -- teach at Vanderbilt but I did what I could by marrying a Mississippian . So I hope you give me some transferable credit for the next few minutes. As Chancellor Vitter said, I went to Suwannee , the University of the South. They may be one or two of you that do not know well. It is a small school in Tennessee and is best understood as a combination of Downtown Abbey and Duck Dynasty put together. So I wanted you all to know that I speak your language. I know well that I'm about the only thing standing between you all and the rest of your lives so I will be quick. But you are headed off to life with great consequence and a consequent of time in the history of America and the world. You are going to encounter an infinity of joys and sorrows and God willing, they will be more of the former than the latter. You will carry what you have learned here through all of the length of days. I am a historian and a biographer, which means living with me is kind of like a combination of the shining and C-SPAN but I do spend my hours trying to explore the disparate elements of what William James called the blooming, buzzing confusion of reality. I believe , deeply, they are fellow Mississippian William Faulkner was right when he said that the past is never dead, it isn't even past. I would like to take our time together this morning to reflect on how the past might be able to shape both the present and the future. For history is not clinical, it is not a distant or remote thing. It is an ambient reality for all of us. To know what has come before and to know how to think about seemingly disparate and distant events in relation to one's own time and ones own complications, is, I think, to be armed against despair. For if the men and women of the past, with all of their flaws and limitations and appetites and ambitions, could overcome selfishness and greed and racism and sexism, to form a more perfect union, then maybe we can also. The world has already turned over many times since you have been in. Many of you were born in the middle of the 1990s, which come to think of it, means that I have shoes that are older than some of you. It was the third year or so of the first term of President Bill Clinton . In those days, the Dow Jones industrial average was about 5000. A gallon of gasoline cost a dollar $.15, Mark Zuckerberg turned 11. New television shows included Star Trek Voyager and CNB's -- CNBC's squawk box which if you do not watch now you will soon. That was you gave us the movies Braveheart, Toy Story, The Usual Suspects, Diehard with a Vengeance, compare old men, and the classic mighty morphing Power Rangers the movie. They are waking up down here. My best friend in college was a man that you may all know him from Lynchburg Tennessee named Jack Daniels. I spent a lot of time with him so it is a little fuzzy for me. I'm sure that that is not true for you here. The O.J. Simpson trial took over daytime television the day that you were born. You were just about to begin elementary school when terror struck us out of a bright blue sky on September 11, 2001. For well over half of your lifetimes, which is a remarkable thing to contemplate, the United States has been at war, something that no other generation of Americans, including the first generation can say. You were in middle school when the first African-American in history was elected president of the United States and you were students here , at Oxford, when the most unconventional major party candidate in American history one the highest office in the land. So, you know what history feels like. You have Aarti lived through a fair chunk of it. And you know, at least implicitly, that all we know for certain is that the world is going to turn over again and again and again, until what Faulkner called, the last red and dying evening. I'd argue that you call the graduates of Ole Miss and the enduring mission of the university itself, are especially well-equipped to lead in epic times. That is because we, as Southerners, are intimately acquainted with tragedy and with progress. We are only a century and a half away from Appomattox and just 50 years away from stoma -- Selma. in its long and tangled history, the American South has embodied the both the best and the worst of our national and our human impulses. There is always more work to be done, more miles to travel, more wrongs to write. But, I do think on balance, you are graduating at a promising hour for our region . Old barriers are falling away, new opportunities are opening up, and if we listen closely, very closely, we can hear the music of Lincoln's better angels of our nature. Your task in all the years ahead is to keep an ear attuned to those angelic notes. Ole Miss has taught you how to listen to them and never stop for their song is the song of redemption , of redemption for what Robert Penn Warren called the accident, heirs, and evils of life , and of our lives. So, what can those angels tell us now, in our own time? That the perfect should not be the enemy of the good. That compromise is the oxygen of democracy. That reflexive partisanship is not the same thing as reflective partisanship and that we learn the most from those that came before, not by looking up at them uncritically or down on them condescendingly , but looking them in the eye and judging them for what they were, and what they did , and taking their true measures as human being, not as God's order as demons. That brings us to the moral utility of history. It is incredibly tempting to fill morally superior to the past . It is often the only thing that we can feel morally superior to. But as authors lesions or junior once said, self-righteousness in retrospect is easy, also cheap. Easy, also cheap. And so I would argue that when we begin to condemn posterity for slavery, for native American removal, for nine women their full role in the life of the nation, pause and think: what injustices are we even now perpetuating that will cause future generations to look back and condemn us? Should not our central concerns be the amelioration of issues of current political, moral, and economic justice as opposed -- issues that we ignore for reasons of political, moral, cultural, or economic convenience. The work of our own time is what we must be chiefly concerned with. Now, as Americans, we face fundamental challenges. Politically we are in the midst of a great person's struggle in which a political professional class appears to have more invested in the perpetuation of conflict that in the resolution of problems. So, whatever your political persuasion, whatever your families, I would urge you, be questioning and be vigilant . A republic is only as good as the sum of its parts and is the sum of all of us. It is incredibly seductive , particularly in these times, to become absorbed in Washington as a soap opera. Dare I say it, as a reality show. Life is not a reality show. Life is reality. So, pay attention, be vigilant, agree and disagree but please, please agree peaceably and civilly . If we do not talk to each other more, we will get to a point where we do not talk to each other at all. So, at its best, Ole Miss has armed you for what Oliver Wendell Holmes called the passion and action of the times. Your weapons are the elements that form the schools sure foundation: grace and strength and love . It is grace that will enable you to appreciate and be grateful for good fortune as you pursue with inevitably varying degrees of success, life's glittering prizes. It is strength that will make arms strong amid adversity, giving you the will and the means to endure. And it is love that gives shape and meaning to everything, and hours of triumph and of trial, of success and of failure. And so, be curious, be generous, be gracious, be hopeful . Love your neighbor, take a nap outside on a summer afternoon, read Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope and as many detective stories as you can find. Go to the movies, subscribe to newspapers and magazines, vote in each and every election and if you have to, more than once, I am from Tennessee so we do that. Never be embarrassed to put your hand over your heart when a band strikes up the national anthem and write thank you notes on actual paper. You know, the dead tree kind. Parents always like that. Look up from those screens, either on your phone or on your watch. Technology contains multitudes but remember virtual reality is just that, it is virtual. Above all, remember then hours of joy and darkness, that a life well lived is judged not by the bottom line but by the big picture. Hottie Toddy . [ Applause ] >> Mr. Meacham, thank you for your words of encouragement and for your insightful perspectives. We will not confer degrees on all candidates for graduation . All candidates will be presented with their diplomas and individual school ceremonies this morning and this afternoon. Before we proceed, I would like to know that today's family includes many scholars who have taken varied pasts from undergraduate to graduate's. But a group among you attended fall convocation four years ago, we received a coin . At that time, it was given to you because it symbolized the beginning of your academic journey at this university. We hope that it has been a time of excitement, enlightenment, and challenge. At that convocation, in the fall, you are asked to be mindful of the moment you shared with those seated around you , hearing the same message as you all embarked on this path together. And now, four years later, many of you have completed the bookends of this academic journey. We hope that you have treasured this coin and everything it symbolizes. May it serve as a special reminder of your time here at the University of Mississippi. We thank you for being part of this family. We would now like to recognize the candidates for degrees by school or college. I will introduce each team who will then come forward and present the graduates of the school or college . At this time, I recognized Doctor Lee:, Dean of the College of Liberal arts and psychology. Doctor Cohen, will you please come forward. >> Interim Provost Wilkin, I'm pleased to present the candidates for bachelors degree in the College of Liberal arts. Candidates, please stand and remain standing. Professor Deborah Bell Deborah Bell, interim dean of the school of Law a professor of law. Interim Provost Wilkin I'm pleased to prevent the candidates for the degree of juris doctor and law. Candidates please stand and remain standing. Dr. Alexander Cheng, Dean of the school of engineering and Professor of civil engineering. >> Interim Provost, welcome it is my great pleasure to present the degrees in school of engineering. Candidates please stand and remain standing. Doctor Amy Wells associate Dean and associate professor of leadership in counselor education . Interim Provost, welcome, I am very pleased to present the candidates for degrees in the school of education . With the candidates please stand and remain standing. >> Doctor David Allen, Dean of the school pharmacy and professor of pharmacology. Interim Provost, I am pleased to present the candidates of degrees in the school pharmacy Conklin boast candidate in the doctor pharmacy. Will the candidates please rise and remain standing. >> Dr. Ken Cyree, Dean of the school of business administration and Professor of finance. Interim Provost Wilkin, I am pleased to present the candidates for degrees in the school of business and ministration. The candidates please stand and remain standing. The Doctor philosophy, Doctor of education, Doctor Bartz, specialist, Masters degree are awarded by the graduate, and at this time, what Doctor -- asked Doctor Christy Wyant interim Dean of the graduate school and professor of pharmaceutics and research professor and the research institution of pharmaceutical sciences, to come for. Provost Wilkin, I please resent the candidates for degrees in the graduate school. The candidates please stand and remain standing. >> Dr. Mark Wilder, Dean of the Patterson school of accountancy and KPMG professor of accountancy. >> Provost Wilkin, I am please resent the candidates for degrees in the school of accountancy. With the candidates please stand and remain standing. >> Dr. Velmer Burton, Dean of the school of applied sciences , professor social work, and professor of legal studies. Provost Wilkin, I am pleased to present the candidates for Masters degrees from the school of applied sciences. Candidates stand and remain standing. Dr. Will Norton , Dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and Professor of Journalism and New Media. Interim Provost Wilkin, it is my privilege to present to you undergraduate candidates for the degrees and no school of journalism and new media. With the candidates please stand and remain standing. Doctor Tony Amador, Dean of general studies and associate professor of management and management information systems. >> Provost Wilkin, I am pleased to present the candidates a bachelor of general studies degree. Candidates, please stand and remain standing. >> Chancellor Vitter, I have the honor to present these candidates who have been recommended by their respective deans and approved by the University faculty for the various university degrees. By the authority vested in me by the Board of Trustees of the state institutions of higher learning, the University faculty recommending , I now confer upon each of you the degrees to which you are entitled, with all the rights, privileges, immunities, and responsibilities appertaining thereto. Congratulations to all of you. [ Applause ] >> You all may now please be seated. >> Across the world, the ceremonies are referred to as graduation or commencement. Today you complete your work as students at the University -- you graduate. You also begin the next chapter in your lives -- you commence. Our collective prayer for each of you is a life filled with joy, good health, successful, meaningful careers, and peace. God bless each of you. [ Applause ] >> Details of the afternoon ceremonies are in the program you received this morning. We ask that you keep your copy of the program for the afternoon ceremonies. Graduation exercises for the University of Mississippi Medical Center will be held at 10 AM on Friday, May 26, and the Mississippi Coliseum. For your convenience, several dining options across campus will be open this afternoon. Ms. Melanie Patricia Culhane, who will receive a bachelor of music degree in ceremonies today, will lead us in singing the Alma Mater. The words are printed in the back of your program. One final word: in keeping with today's setting and ceremony, there will be no formal processional. Please come forward and lead us, Ms. Culhane. >> Way down south and Mississippi, there's a spot that ever calls , where amongst the hills and fold, -- and folded, stand old Alma Mater's halls. Where the trees lift high their branches, to the whispering southern breeze, there Ole Miss is calling , calling, to our hearts fond memories . [ Applause ] We are adjourned. [ Event concluded ]



Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1894, re-apportioned in 1917, and amended in 1937, 51 Senators and 150 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts for two-year terms. The senatorial districts consisted either of one or more entire counties; or a contiguous area within a single county. The counties which were divided into more than one senatorial district were New York (nine districts), Kings (eight), Bronx (three), Erie (three), Monroe (two), Queens (two) and Westchester (two). The Assembly districts were made up of contiguous area, all within the same county.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The American Labor Party, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party and the Socialist Labor Party (running under the name of "Industrial Government Party") also nominated tickets.


The New York state election, 1942, was held on November 3. Thomas E. Dewey and Thomas W. Wallace were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, both Republicans. Of the other four statewide elective offices, three were also carried by Republicans, and one by a Democrat with American Labor endorsement. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor, was: Republicans 2,149,000; Democrats 1,501,000; American Labor 404,000; Communists 45,000; Socialists 22,000; and Industrial Government 3,500.

All four women legislators—State Senator Rhoda Fox Graves (Rep.), of Gouverneur; and Assemblywomen Jane H. Todd (Rep.), of Tarrytown; Edith C. Cheney (Rep.), of Corning; and Mary A. Gillen (Dem.), of Brooklyn—were re-elected.

Lt. Gov. Thomas W. Wallace died on July 17, 1943.

The New York state election, 1943, was held on November 2. Temporary President of the State Senate Joe R. Hanley (Rep.) was elected Lieutenant Governor; and Thomas D. Thacher (Rep.) was elected unopposed to succeed himself as Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. Two vacancies in the State Senate and seven vacancies in the Assembly were filled.[1]


The Legislature met for the first regular session (the 166th) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 6, 1943; and adjourned on March 26.[2]

Oswald D. Heck (Rep.) was re-elected Speaker.

Joe R. Hanley (Rep.) was re-elected Temporary President of the State Senate.

The Legislature finally re-apportioned the Senate and Assembly districts. Re-apportionment was overdue since the figures of the 1925 state census had been published, but the Assembly, the Senate and the Governor had been at odds over the question ever since. Now, for the first time since then, both Houses of the Legislature had majorities of the same party of which the Governor was a member, all Republican. The Re-Apportionment Bill was introduced in the Legislature on March 8;[3] and signed by Gov. Dewey on April 8.[4] The re-apportionment was contested in the courts by the Democrats, but was upheld unanimously by the New York Court of Appeals on November 18, 1943.[5]

The total number of state senators was increased to 56. Chautauqua, Dutchess, Monroe, Oneida, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Schenectady and Steuben counties lost one Assembly seat each; and New York County lost seven seats. Kings and Westchester counties gained one seat each; Nassau County gained two; Bronx County gained five; and Queens County gained six seats.[6]

The Legislature met for the second regular session (the 167th) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 5, 1944; and adjourned on March 18.

Benjamin F. Feinberg (Rep.) was elected Temporary President of the State Senate.

The Legislature met for a special session at the State Capitol in Albany on October 30, 1944. This session was held to enact an extension of the voting time on the next election day, and to increase the pay for election workers.[7]

State Senate



The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Floyd E. Anderson changed from the Assembly to the Senate at the beginning of this Legislature. Assemblymen John V. Downey and James A. Corcoran were elected to fill vacancies in the Senate.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Senator Party Notes
1st Perry B. Duryea Sr.* Republican
2nd Seymour Halpern* Rep./Am. Labor
3rd Peter T. Farrell* Dem./Am. Labor resigned on August 11, 1943, to run for the Queens Co. Court
John V. Downey* Democrat on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
4th Carmine J. Marasco* Democrat on November 7, 1944, elected to the Kings County Court
5th William Kirnan* Democrat
6th Edward J. Coughlin* Democrat
7th Louis B. Heller Dem./Am. Labor
8th Samuel L. Greenberg Democrat
9th Daniel Gutman* Dem./Am. Labor resigned on August 6, 1943, to run for the Municipal Court[8]
James A. Corcoran* Democrat on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
10th Jeremiah F. Twomey* Democrat
11th James J. Crawford* Democrat
12th Elmer F. Quinn* Democrat
13th Francis J. Mahoney Democrat
14th William J. Murray* Dem./Am. Labor
15th Lester Baum Rep./Am. Labor
16th James G. Donovan Democrat
17th Frederic R. Coudert, Jr.* Republican
18th Richard A. DiCostanzo Rep./Am. Labor
19th Charles D. Perry* Democrat
20th Alexander A. Falk* Dem./Am. Labor
21st Lazarus Joseph* Democrat
22nd Carl Pack* Democrat
23rd John J. Dunnigan* Democrat Minority Leader
24th Robert S. Bainbridge Republican
25th Pliny W. Williamson* Republican
26th William F. Condon* Republican
27th Thomas C. Desmond* Rep./Am. Labor
28th Frederic H. Bontecou Republican
29th Arthur H. Wicks* Republican Chairman of Finance
30th Julian B. Erway* Democrat
31st Clifford C. Hastings* Rep./Am. Labor on June 3, 1944, appointed as Treasurer of Rensselaer Co.
32nd Gilbert T. Seelye* Republican
33rd Benjamin F. Feinberg* Republican on January 5, 1944, elected Temporary President
34th Rhoda Fox Graves* Rep./Am. Labor
35th Fred A. Young* Rep./Dem.
36th William H. Hampton* Rep./Am. Labor
37th Isaac B. Mitchell* Republican
38th G. Frank Wallace* Republican
39th Walter W. Stokes* Republican Chairman of Conservation
40th Floyd E. Anderson* Republican
41st Chauncey B. Hammond* Republican
42nd Henry W. Griffith* Republican
43rd Earle S. Warner* Republican
44th Joe R. Hanley* Rep./Dem. on January 6, 1943, re-elected Temporary President;
on November 2, 1943, elected Lieutenant Governor
Austin W. Erwin Republican on February 15, 1944, elected to fill vacancy[9]
45th Rodney B. Janes* Republican
46th Allen J. Oliver Republican
47th William Bewley* Republican
48th Walter J. Mahoney* Rep./Am. Labor
49th Stephen J. Wojtkowiak* Dem./Am. Labor
50th Charles O. Burney, Jr.* Republican
51st George H. Pierce Rep./Dem.


State Assembly


Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany 1st George W. Foy* Democrat
2nd Mortimer A. Cullen* Democrat
3rd John McBain* Republican
Allegany William H. MacKenzie* Republican
Bronx 1st Matthew J. H. McLaughlin* Democrat
2nd Patrick J. Fogarty* Democrat
3rd Arthur Wachtel* Democrat
4th Isidore Dollinger* Democrat
5th Julius J. Gans* Democrat
6th Peter A. Quinn* Democrat on November 7, 1944, elected to the 79th U.S. Congress
7th Louis Bennett* Democrat
8th John A. Devany, Jr.* Democrat
Broome 1st Richard H. Knauf Republican
2nd Orlo M. Brees* Republican
Cattaraugus Leo P. Noonan* Republican
Cayuga James H. Chase* Republican
Chautauqua 1st E. Herman Magnuson* Republican
2nd Herman B. Graf Republican
Chemung Harry J. Tifft* Republican
Chenango Irving M. Ives* Republican Majority Leader
Clinton Leslie G. Ryan* Rep./Am. Labor
Columbia Frederick A. Washburn* Republican
Cortland Harold L. Creal* Republican
Delaware Elmer J. Kellam Republican
Dutchess 1st Howard N. Allen* Rep./Dem.
2nd Ernest I. Hatfield Republican
Erie 1st Frank A. Gugino* Republican
2nd Harold B. Ehrlich* Rep./Am. Labor
3rd William J. Butler Republican
4th John P. Quinn Dem./Am. Labor
5th Philip V. Baczkowski* Dem./Am. Labor
6th Jerome C. Kreinheder* Republican
7th Justin C. Morgan* Republican
8th John R. Pillion* Republican
Essex Sheldon F. Wickes* Republican
Franklin William L. Doige* Republican
Fulton and Hamilton Joseph R. Younglove* Republican
Genesee Herbert A. Rapp* Republican
Greene William E. Brady* Rep./Am. Labor
Herkimer Leo A. Lawrence* Rep./Am. Labor
Jefferson Russell Wright* Republican
Kings 1st Lewis W. Olliffe* Rep./Am. Labor
2nd Leo F. Rayfiel* Democrat on November 7, 1944, elected to the 79th U.S. Congress
3rd Mary A. Gillen* Democrat
4th Bernard Austin* Dem./Am. Labor
5th John R. Starkey* Dem./Am. Labor
6th Robert J. Crews* Rep./Am. Labor
7th John F. Furey* Dem./Am. Labor
8th Charles J. Beckinella* Democrat
9th Edgar F. Moran* Democrat
10th Walter E. Cooke Democrat
11th Eugene F. Bannigan* Democrat
12th James W. Feely* Democrat
13th Ralph Schwartz* Dem./Am. Labor
14th Harry Gittleson* Democrat
15th John Smolenski* Democrat
16th Louis L. Friedman* Democrat
17th Fred G. Moritt* Dem./Am. Labor
18th Irwin Steingut* Dem./Am. Labor Minority Leader
19th Max M. Turshen* Democrat
20th Roy H. Rudd* Democrat
21st Thomas A. Dwyer* Democrat
22nd James A. Corcoran* Democrat resigned on August 6, 1943, to run for the State Senate[10]
Anthony J. Travia Democrat on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
23rd Alfred A. Lama Democrat
Lewis Benjamin H. Demo* Republican
Livingston Joseph W. Ward* Republican
Madison Wheeler Milmoe* Republican Chairman of Public Education
Monroe 1st Frank J. Sellmayer, Jr.* Republican
2nd Abraham Schulman* Republican
3rd George T. Manning* Republican
4th Thomas F. Riley Republican
5th William B. Mann* Republican
Montgomery John F. Bennison* Republican
Nassau 1st John D. Bennett* Republican
2nd William S. Hults, Jr. Republican
New York 1st John J. Lamula Republican
2nd Louis DeSalvio* Democrat
3rd Maurice E. Downing* Democrat
4th Leonard Farbstein* Democrat
5th Owen McGivern* Democrat
6th Sidney Moses Democrat
7th Irwin D. Davidson* Democrat
8th Stephen J. Jarema* Democrat
9th Ira H. Holley* Democrat
10th MacNeil Mitchell* Republican
11th Patrick H. Sullivan* Democrat
12th Francis X. McGowan Democrat
13th James T. McNamara* Democrat
14th Warren J. McCarron* Democrat
15th Abbot Low Moffat* Republican Chairman of Ways and Means; resigned on August 16,
1943, to accept a post in the U.S. Department of State[11]
John R. Brook Republican on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
16th John P. Morrissey* Democrat
17th Hulan E. Jack* Democrat
18th Hamlet O. Catenaccio* Republican
19th Daniel L. Burrows* Democrat
20th Frank G. Rossetti Democrat
21st William T. Andrews* Democrat
22nd Daniel Flynn* Democrat
23rd William J. A. Glancy* Democrat
Niagara 1st Jacob E. Hollinger* Republican
2nd Harry D. Suitor* Republican
Oneida 1st Frank A. Emma* Democrat
2nd William R. Williams* Republican on November 2, 1943, elected Sheriff of Oneida Co.
Harry G. Converse Republican on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
3rd C. Dean Williams* Republican
Onondaga 1st Leo W. Breed* Republican
2nd George B. Parsons* Republican
3rd Frank J. Costello* Republican
Ontario Harry R. Marble* Republican
Orange 1st Lee B. Mailler* Republican
2nd Wilson C. Van Duzer Republican
Orleans John S. Thompson* Republican
Oswego Hadwen C. Fuller Republican resigned on September 21, 1943, to run for the 78th U.S. Congress
Henry D. Coville Republican on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
Otsego Chester T. Backus* Republican
Putnam D. Mallory Stephens* Republican from August 18, 1943, Chairman of Ways and Means[12]
Queens 1st Charles J. Dalzell* Democrat
2nd vacant George F. Torsney (Dem.) was re-elected, but died on December 28, 1942
William E. Clancy Democrat on March 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
3rd John V. Downey* Democrat resigned on August 19, 1943, to run for the State Senate[13]
Maurice Adda Democrat on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
4th William F. Bowe Democrat
5th John H. Ferril* Democrat
6th George Archinal* Republican
Rensselaer 1st J. Eugene Zimmer* Am. Labor/Rep.
2nd Maurice Whitney* Republican resigned on April 22, 1943, and joined the armed forces
John S. Finch Rep./Am. Labor on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
Richmond 1st Charles Bormann* Democrat
2nd S. Robert Molinari Republican
Rockland Robert Walmsley Republican
St. Lawrence 1st Grant F. Daniels* Republican
2nd Allan P. Sill* Republican
Saratoga Richard J. Sherman* Republican
Schenectady 1st Oswald D. Heck* Republican re-elected Speaker
2nd Harold Armstrong* Republican resigned on August 21, 1943, to run for Sheriff of Schenectady Co.[14]
Wendell C. Wilber Republican on November 2, 1943, elected to fill vacancy
Schoharie Arthur L. Parsons* Republican
Schuyler Edward K. Corwin Republican
Seneca Lawrence W. Van Cleef* Republican
Steuben 1st Edith C. Cheney* Republican
2nd William M. Stuart* Republican
Suffolk 1st Edmund R. Lupton* Republican
2nd Elisha T. Barrett* Republican
Sullivan Ronald M. Albee Republican
Tioga Myron D. Albro* Republican
Tompkins Stanley C. Shaw* Republican
Ulster John F. Wadlin* Republican
Warren Harry A. Reoux* Republican Chairman of Judiciary
Washington Henry Neddo* Republican
Wayne Henry V. Wilson* Republican
Westchester 1st Christopher H. Lawrence* Republican
2nd Theodore Hill, Jr.* Republican
3rd James E. Owens* Republican
4th Jane H. Todd* Republican
5th Malcolm Wilson* Republican served in the U.S. Navy but did not resign his seat
Wyoming Harold C. Ostertag* Republican
Yates Fred S. Hollowell* Republican



  1. ^ LINE-UP UNCHANGED IN THE LEGISLATURE; Seven Vacancies in Assembly and Two in Senate Filled by the Same Parties in The New York Times on November 3, 1943 (subscription required)
  2. ^ LEGISLATURE ENDS; DEWEY IN CONTROL in The New York Times on March 27, 1943 (subscription required)
  3. ^ DEWEY CLEARS WAY ON REDISTRICTING in The New York Times on March 9, 1943 (subscription required)
  4. ^ DEWEY SIGNS BILL ON APPORTIONMENT in The New York Times on April 9, 1943 (subscription required)
  5. ^ COURT VALIDATES STATE DISTRICTING in The New York Times on November 19, 1943 (subscription required)
  6. ^ see the new distribution of seats: Know Your Legislature in The State Employee (January 1945, Vol. 14, No. 1, pg. 20ff)
  7. ^ Voting Time Is Extended 2 Hours; 3 Days Added to War Ballot Limit in The New York Times on October 31, 1944 (subscription required)
  8. ^ GUTMAN QUITS SENATE in The New York Times on August 7, 1943 (subscription required)
  9. ^ Republican Gets Hanley Seat in The New York Times on February 16, 1944 (subscription required)
  10. ^ GUTMAN QUITS SENATE in The New York Times on August 7, 1943 (subscription required)
  11. ^ Abbot Low Moffat Quits Assembly To Accept State Department Post in The New York Times on August 17, 1943 (subscription required)
  12. ^ Assembly Fiscal Post Goes to D. M. Stephens in The New York Times on August 19, 1943 (subscription required)
  13. ^ DOWNEY QUITS ASSEMBLY in The New York Times on August 20, 1943 (subscription required)
  14. ^ Armstrong Quits Assembly in The New York Times on August 22, 1943 (subscription required)


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