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Benjamin V. CohenArchitect of the New Deal$
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William Lasser

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088793

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088793.001.0001

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At the Center of Power

At the Center of Power

(p.130) 8 At the Center of Power
Benjamin V. Cohen

William Lasser

Yale University Press

This chapter details the movement of Cohen and Corcoran to the very center of the Roosevelt administration. Felix Frankfurter gave Corcoran and Cohen a behind-the-scenes push toward the Oval Office. On March 19, 1935, in the midst of the legislative battle over the Public Utility Holding Company Act, Frankfurter wrote to Roosevelt and urged the president to appoint what later presidents would call a chief of staff. Frankfurter recommended Corcoran rather than Cohen for this sensitive and critical position. Frankfurter knew that once Corcoran had established himself at the center of power Cohen would be right behind him, given the close ties between the two men.

Keywords:   Benjamin V. Cohen, Corcoran, Roosevelt administration

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