Emanuel Celler (1888-1981)

Oil on canvas, Joseph Margulies, 1963, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

  • Democratic Congressman from Brooklyn, New York from 1923-1972
  • supporter of Roosevelt New Deal policies
  • advocate for establishment of the state of Israel
  • chairman of the Judiciary Committee
  • co-author of Indian Immigration and Naturalization Bill, H.R. 3517 which was passed on June 27, 1946
  • key creator of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, 1964

Reference Sources

 American National Biography

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress


You Never Leave Brooklyn: The Autobiography of Emanuel Celler. New York: John Day Co., 1953.

Primary Sources

Papers: ca. 1924-1973. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

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