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- Frelinghuysen, Peter H. B.
- Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen Papers
- Public Policy Papers
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- 181 boxes and 6 items
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpph): Box 1-181
The Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen Papers include correspondence, speeches, copies of legislation, notes, appointment books, and audio/visual material documenting Frelinghuysen's career as the United States House representative of New Jersey's 5th district from 1952 to 1975. The papers focus on his general House activities as well as his service on the Committee of Education and Labor, Committee on Foreign Relations, and United Nations General Assembly.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen Papers document his career as the United States House representative of New Jersey's 5th district from 1952 to 1975. The papers focus on his House activities, his service on the Committee of Education and Labor and Committee on Foreign Relations, as well as to his tenure on the United Nations General Assembly. Documents include correspondence, speeches, copies of legislation sponsored by Frelinghuysen, notes, appointment books, and audio/visual material (including photographs, tape recorded interviews, and film from television interviews).
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- Collection Creator Biography:
Frelinghuysen, Peter H. B.
Peter Hood Ballantine Frelinghuysen was born in New York City on January 17, 1916. He attended St. Mark's School at Southboro, Massachusetts and entered Princeton University in 1934. While at Princeton he majored in history, was a member of Terrace Club, and graduated with High Honors in 1938. After receiving his law degree from Yale Law School in 1941, he served in the Office of Naval Intelligence. Upon leaving the Navy he worked with the law firm of Simpson, Thacher, and Bartlett in addition to directing the family banking and investment business. He served on the Hoover Commission in 1948 to study reorganization of the Executive Branch before being elected to Congress.
Frelinghuysen was elected to the House of Representatives in 1952 and represented New Jersey's 5th district until his retirement in 1975. He garnered the reputation as an "Eisenhower Republican" while advocating governmental reform and cooperation between the executive and legislative branches of government. Frelinghuysen also championed economic investment in Southeast Asia throughout the 1950s. Increasingly he voted to limit spending and tighten the budget. In 1964, he fought, to no avail, to include socially liberal planks in the Republican platform. Locally, he was interested in flood control, the consequences of rapid growth, and finding a site for a New Jersey jetport.
In 1965, House Minority Leader Gerald Ford nominated Frelinghuysen as his choice for minority whip, the second most powerful position in the Republican House leadership. He lost the confirmation vote in a secret ballot, however. His House committee assignments included tenures on the Committee on Education and Labor (1953-1964) and on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (1965-1974). He served on the United Nations General Assembly in 1965.
Frelinghuysen married Beatrice Procter in 1940. They had three sons, Peter, Rodney, and Frederick and two daughters, Beatrice and Adaline. Rodney currently represents New Jersey's 11th district in the House of Representatives.
Gift of Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen, January 21, 1975 .
Portions of constituent correspondence, invitations, published books, and material related to the Judiciary Committee and Watergate were separated in 1993. Duplicate copies of printed reports to Congress and newspaper clippings were separated during processing in 2008.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in January and February 2008. Finding aid written by Casey Babcock in February 2008.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Access to audiovisual material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.
- Credit this material:
Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpph): Box 1-181
Material from Frelinghuysen's alumni file and the Frelinghuysen Papers donor file provided information used in the biography.
- Subject Terms:
- Airport zoning – New Jersey.
Emigration and immigration law – United States – 20th century.
Federal aid to education.
Great Swamp (Morris County, N.J.)
Legislation – United States.
Legislators - New Jersey - 20th century.
Presidents – Inauguration.
United States. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
- Genre Terms:
- United Nations. General Assembly. 20th Session, 1965
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Education and Labor
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations
Princeton University - Alumni and alumnae - 20th century.
Case, Clifford P. (Clifford Philip), 1904-1982
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Nixon, Richard M. Richard Milhous 1913-1994
- New Jersey – Politics and government – 20th century.
United States – Economic conditions – 20th century.
United States – Foreign relations – Vietnam.