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John Edward Fogarty (1913-1967) was an American legislator who became known as "Mr. Public Health" for his outstanding advocacy of federal funding for medical research, health education, and health care services. As Democratic representative for Rhode Island, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1941 to 1967, and chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee for the Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare from 1949. During his congressional tenure Fogarty championed a vast expansion of the National Institutes of Health, as well as aid to medical schools, libraries, and programs for blind, deaf, and mentally retarded children. He sponsored or contributed to virtually every piece of health-related legislation introduced during these years.
The Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, is the primary repository for the John E. Fogarty Papers, which range from ca. 1941 to 1967. The collection contains photographs, personal and legislative correspondence, speeches, and legislative records.
As part of its Profiles in Science project, the National Library of Medicine has collaborated with the Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College to digitize and make available over the World Wide Web a selection of the John E. Fogarty Papers for use by educators and researchers. This site provides access to the portions of the John E. Fogarty collection of the Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections that have been selected for digitization. Individuals interested in conducting research in the John E. Fogarty Papers are invited to contact the Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College.
The John E. Fogarty exhibit also includes many documents and photos generously loaned to the National Library of Medicine by Mr. Fogarty's daughter, Mary Fogarty McAndrew.
This online Exhibit is designed to introduce you to the various phases of Fogarty's legislative career and professional life. It is divided into sections that focus on Fogarty's life and major contributions to the expansion of medical research and health care programs in the United States.
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