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Edwin Benedict Dooley (April 13, 1905 – January 25, 1982) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

Edwin B. Dooley
Edwin B. Dooley.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 26th district
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byRalph A. Gamble
Succeeded byOgden Reid
Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission
In office
Preceded byMelvin Krulewitch
Succeeded byJames A. Farley Jr.
Mayor of Mamaroneck, New York
In office
Preceded byBattista J. Santoro
Succeeded byAlexander Schwab
Personal details
Edwin Benedict Dooley

(1905-04-13)April 13, 1905
Brooklyn, New York
DiedJanuary 25, 1982(1982-01-25) (aged 76)
Boca Raton, Florida
Resting placeGate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Harriette M. Feeley
Anita M. Gilles
Margaret Sheffel
ChildrenEdwin B. Dooley, Jr.
EducationDartmouth College
Fordham University School of Law

Early lifeEdit

Edwin B. "Eddie" Dooley was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 13, 1905.[1] He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1927, and was an All American as quarterback of the football team.[2] He graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 1930.[3]

Start of careerEdit

Dooley was a feature writer on sports for the New York Sun from 1927 until 1938, and was a radio sports broadcaster in New York City from 1936 to 1948. From 1938 to 1955 Dooley pursued a career as a public relations executive for General Foods.[4][5][6]

During World War II Dooley served as a member of committees on food production and distribution for the War and Navy Departments.[7]

Political careerEdit

Dooley was a trustee of the village of Mamaroneck from 1942 to 1946, and mayor from 1951 until 1956.[8]

In 1956 Dooley was a successful candidate for the United States House. He was reelected in 1958 and 1960, and served from January 3, 1957, until January 3, 1963. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1962.[9]

Post-Congressional careerEdit

After leaving Congress, Dooley returned to his career in public relations and worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. From 1966 to 1975 he served as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. In this role, he generated controversy when he suspended the boxing license of Muhammad Ali for refusing to be drafted into the Army. In 1972, he changed the policy on access for women sports journalists, permitting them to occupy seats reserved for the press and to enter dressing rooms provided that male athletes were properly attired.[10]

Death and burialEdit

He died in Boca Raton, Florida on January 25, 1982.[11] He was cremated, and his ashes were scattered at the family grave site in Hawthorne's Gate of Heaven Cemetery.


Dooley met his first wife, Harriette M. Feeley of Norwich, Vermont, while they were in college, and they married in 1926.[12][13] After her death in 1952 he married Anita M. Gilles, who died in 1962. His third wife, Margaret Sheffel, survived him, as did his son, Edwin B. Dooley, Jr. (1933-2008).


  1. ^ Richard Blank Publishing Company, America's Young Men, Volume 3, 1938, page 162
  2. ^ Edwin B. Dooley, Popular Science Monthly, A Play That Made Football Over, October 1928, page 45
  3. ^ Fordham University School of Law, Law School Bulletins, 1905-2000: Bulletin of Information 1930-1931, September 1, 1930, page 20
  4. ^ Boys' Life magazine, Biography, Edwin B. Dooley, September 1937, page 3
  5. ^ Broadcasting Publications, Inc., Broadcasting Yearbook, 1935, page 158
  6. ^ Controllers Institute of America, The Controller magazine, Volume 13, 1945, page 277
  7. ^ U.S. Government Printing Office, Official Congressional Directory, Volume 87, Issue 2, 1962, page 112
  8. ^ Yonkers Herald Statesman, Worried 'Bosses' Offered State Job As Reward To Quit, Dooley Charges, April 24, 1962
  9. ^ Associated Press, Petersburg Progress-Index, Bronx Democratic Leader Renominated, September 7, 1962
  10. ^ Bill Gallo, New York Daily News, Memories of Robby the Commish, April 13, 1997
  11. ^ Glenn Fowler, New York Times, Edwin B. Dooley is Dead at 76; Headed Athletic Commission, January 27, 1982
  12. ^ Richard Blank Publishing Company, Who's Who Among the Young Men of the Nation, Volume 2, 1936, page 139
  13. ^ Time Magazine, Milestones, October 25, 1926


  • United States Congress. "Edwin B. Dooley (id: D000425)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Edwin B. Dooley at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ralph A. Gamble
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 26th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ogden R. Reid