Dorothy Rosenman

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Dorothy Rosenman
New York, New York
DiedJanuary 17, 1991 (aged 90–91)
Manhattan, New York
(until 1973)

Dorothy Rosenman (1900 – 17 January 1991)[1][2] was an expert on housing, a lifelong advocate for low-cost housing and an author.

Early life and education[edit]

Rosenman was born Dorothy Ruben in New York City. She graduated from the Montessori Training School in 1918, while also attending Columbia University.[2]


Rosenman worked to educate both the public and legislators about the need for community improvement and planning.[2]

Rosenman's career in public housing began in the 1920s, when asked by Ira Robbins (chairman of the housing committee of the United Neighborhood Houses, to amend old tenement laws.[2]

During the early years of World War II, Rosenman spent time in Washington, D.C., urging the United States War Department to release much-needed materials for emergency housing.[2] She served as the chairman of the National Committee on the Housing Emergency.[3]

Rosenman served on many committees throughout her career, including NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's Committee on Housing Legislation.[4] She served as chairman and organizer of the National Committee on Housing, Inc., as chairman of the committee working to create a New York State Division of Housing, and as chairman of the Housing Committee of the United Neighborhood Houses of New York. The latter worked for better housing conditions on the Lower East Side of New York.[1]

In addition to books, Rosenman wrote many magazine articles on housing.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Dorothy was married to Samuel Rosenman, a lawyer and Democratic speechwriter. The pair were working together on their book Presidential Style; after Samuel died, in 1973, the couple's editor, Cass Canfield, encouraged Dorothy to finish the book.[5]

Dorothy and her husband had two sons.[2]


  • Rosenman, Dorothy. A Million Homes a Year. Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1945.[6]
  • Rosenman, Dorothy. Needed: Five Million Homes. National Committee on Housing, 1945.[7]
  • Rosenman, Dorothy and Samuel Rosenman, Presidential Style: Some Giants and a Pygmy in the White House. Harper & Row, 1976.


  1. ^ a b "Columbia University Collections of Correspondence and Manuscript Documents: Dorothy Rosenman Papers".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Dorothy Rosenman, A Housing Specialist And an Author, 90". Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  3. ^ Grounds, United States Congress House Committee on Public Buildings and (1943). War Housing Program: Hearings Before the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, House of Representatives, Seventy-eighth Congress,first Session on a Message from the President of the United States Transmitting to the Congress, a Draft of a Proposed Bill to Increase by $400,000,000 the Amount Authorized to be Appropriated for Defense Housing Under the Act of October 14, 1940, as Amended, and for Other Purposes. U.S. Government Printing Office.
  4. ^ "Dorothy Rosenman papers, 1936-1946". Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  5. ^ "Dorothy Rosenman | WNYC | New York Public Radio, Podcasts, Live Streaming Radio, News". WNYC. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  6. ^ Rosenman, Dorothy Reuben (1945). A million homes a year. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. OCLC 1448294.
  7. ^ Rosenman, Dorothy (1945). Needed: five million homes. N.Y.: National Committee on Housing, Inc. OCLC 81812224.

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