Jacob Koppel Javits

Jacob Koppel Javits

Javits, Jacob Koppel, 1904-86, American political leader, b. New York City, LL.B., New York Univ., 1927. He and his brother, Benjamin A. Javits (1894-1973), developed a flourishing legal practice. Entering politics as a supporter of Fiorello H. LaGuardia, he was active in local politics before his election (1946) as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives. After serving four terms (1947-55), he was elected (1954) New York state attorney general. In 1956 he was elected to the Senate, where he served four terms (1957-81). One of the most prominent liberal Republican senators, he was a strong advocate of civil-rights legislation. In 1980, already very ill, he was defeated for reelection in the Republican primary and then ran unsuccessfully on the Liberal ticket. His writings include Discrimination U.S.A. (1960).
Koppel, Koppell, or Kopel (German for Coupler) may refer to:


Last or surname:

  • Andrea Koppel (b.1963), American political and Chinese topical journalist, daughter of Ted and Grace Anne
  • David Koppel, British photographer
  • Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, American attorney and spokesperson for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), wife of Ted, mother of Andrea
  • Herman David Koppel (1908-1998), Danish classical music composer and pianist, father of Thomas
  • Martin Koppel, American leader of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States
  • Ted Koppel (b.1940), American political journalist, husband of Grace Anne, father of Andrea
  • Thomas Koppel (1944-2006), Danish classical music composer and musician, son of Herman D.

First or middle name:

  • Jacob Koppel Javits (1904–1986), American politician, U.S. Senator from New York, namesake for New York's Javits Center



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