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Root, Oren, 1911-1995

 Person

Lawyer; liberal Republican politician; while beginning practice of law in late 1930s, campaigned for election of Fiorello La Guardia as mayor of New York City and Thomas E. Dewey as governor of New York state; was early, major promoter of Wendell L. Willkie for Republican nomination for president in 1940; worked full time as chairman of Associated Willkie Clubs of America during Willkie's unsuccessful run against President Franklin D. Roosevelt; later served as member of New York County Republican Committee and vice-president of New York Young Republican Club; was first president of National Association for Mental Health in early 1950s; in administration of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York from 1959 to 1964, was successively special assistant for federal and interstate affairs and secretary of banks; for many years practiced law with New York firm of Root Barrett Cohen Knapp & Smith; later was counsel to firm of Lord Day & Lord Barrett Smith until 1994; died in Bedford, New York.