Hall of Holography : Women
Title:
Florence J. Harriman
Items in Collection:
typed, signed note
partial envelope

America

Florence Jaffray "Daisy" Harriman (July 21, 1870; died August 31, 1967) U.S. diplomat, noted for her service as U.S. minister to Norway during World War II. Florence Hurst married J. Borden Harriman, a New York banker, in 1889, and for many years she led the life of a young society matron interested in charitable and civic activities. With Elisabeth Marbury, Anne Morgan, and others, she was a founder of the Colony Club (the first women's social club in New York), serving from 1903 to 1916 as first president. She was also a leader in the National Civic Federation, the Consumers' League, and other organizations and served until 1918 on the board of managers of the New York reformatory for women at Bedford. As a result of her campaigning for Woodrow Wilson in 1912, she was the sole woman member of the Federal Industrial Relations Commission during 1913 to 1916. Following the death of her husband in 1914, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she became an influential political hostess. During World War I Harriman served with the Red Cross Motor Corps and was appointed by President Wilson chairman of the Committee on Women in Industry of the Council of National Defense. During the Republican administrations from 1921 to 1932, her Washington home was a bastion of Democratic society. In 1923 she published a lively memoir, From Pinafores to Politics. With the return of a Democratic administration under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she again found herself near the center of power, and in June 1937 Roosevelt appointed her U.S. minister to Norway. She was the second American woman, after Ruth Bryan Rohde, to hold ministerial rank.

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http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/255866/Florence-Jaffray-Harriman
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