Charles Poletti

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Charles Poletti (1942)
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Charles Poletti (born July 2, 1903 in Barre , Washington County , Vermont , † August 8, 2002 in Marco , Florida ) was an American politician and governor of the state of New York in December 1942 .

Early years

Charles Poletti studied law at Harvard University until 1928 . He later continued his studies abroad at the universities of Rome and Madrid . Upon his return to the United States, he began a successful legal career. Among other things, he was one of the legal advisors to Governor Herbert H. Lehman and an electricity company. Between 1937 and 1938, Poletti was a judge on the New York State Supreme Court.

Political career

Poletti was a member of the Democratic Party . From 1939 to 1942 he was Lieutenant Governor of New York under Lehman . After the resignation of Governor Lehman on December 3, 1942, he had to end the remaining term of office by December 31, 1942. At the turn of the year 1943 he was then replaced by Thomas E. Dewey in the highest office in the state. In just under three weeks, some social laws were put into effect by the legislature. Shortly before he took office, a renewed candidacy for lieutenant governor had failed. Between January and March 1943, Poletti worked for Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson . From 1943 to 1945 he was a colonel in the US Army . In this capacity he was stationed in Italy and from June 1944 head of the military administration in Naples . There and later in Rome he cleared the police and administration of fascist elements with particular severity. In view of the chaos, famine and crime prevailing in Naples, he had to use the help of the US gang boss Vito Genovese , who fled the USA to Italy in 1937, and the local Camorra to reorganize public life , which made it permanent Strengthening in the region.

From 1960 to 1965, Poletti was Vice President of the World's Fair in New York . Otherwise he worked as a lawyer. The politician, who died in 2002 at the age of 99, was married twice and had a total of three children.

Individual evidence

  1. Hans Woller: The accounting for fascism in Italy 1943 to 1948 , Berlin 1996, p. 148.


  • Robert Sobel and John Raimo (Eds.): Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Volume 3, Meckler Books, Westport, 1978. 4 volumes.

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