Guide to the Frank S. Farley Document 1945 MG 1551


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information

Container List


Guide to the Frank S. Farley Document
MG 1551
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. May 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Farley, Frank S.
Title: Frank S. Farley Document
Dates 1945
Abstract: Consists of a single letter from Frank S. Farley, Acting Governor of New Jersey, to Major Charles Lee Harp, a New Jersey representative to the United Nations Organization, dated 1945.
Quantity: 0.01 linear feet / 1 folder
Collection Number: MG 1551

Biographical Note

Frank S. Farley was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on December 5, 1901. He attended the Wenonah Military Academy and was a 1925 graduate of Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC.

Farley was elected for the first time as a Republican to the New Jersey State Assembly in 1937, and remained there until 1940. It was at that time he was elected to the New Jersey State Senate. He would remain there for the next 31 years, which included a brief term as Acting Governor in 1945.

As State Senator, Farley was able to secure funding for projects that benefited his district of Atlantic City and Atlantic County, such as the construction of the Atlantic City Expressway and the Garden State Parkway, as well as the state marina in Atlantic City, which today bears his name. More controversial was his involvement in pushing for legislation to establish the Atlantic City Racetrack, in which it was later disclosed that Farley held stock in the venture and was retained as the organization’s attorney. In 1968, he denied allegations before a state legislative committee of links to organized crime.
Eventually, these controversial dealings and allegations took their toll and resulted in the defeat in the 1971 election by Democrat Dr. Joseph L. McGahn.

Farley lived in Ventnor, New Jersey in retirement, until his death in 1977. He was survived by his wife, Marie, and had no children.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one letter from Acting Governor of New Jersey Frank S. Farley to Major Charles Lee Harp, dated November 15, 1945.

This letter reveals that Major Harp was charged with the mission to represent the State of New Jersey at the United Nations Organization meeting London to extend the invitation to the United Nations to establish its headquarters in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition to granting Major Harp the authority to discuss this issue at the United Nations Organization meeting, the Acting Governor also wishes Major Harp success in his mission.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Farley, Frank S., 1901-1977.
Harp, Charles Lee, Major.
Subject Organizations:
United Nations.
Subject Topics:
Governors–New Jersey.
Subject Places:
Atlantic City (N.J.)
Document Types:
Letters (Correspondence)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1551, Frank S. Farley Document, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased by the New Jersey Historical Society in 2002.

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Container List


Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Letter from Frank S. Farley to Major Charles Lee Harp. 1945 Nov. 15

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