Ernest I. Hatfield was born in Mt. Pleasant, Westchester County, NY in 1890. He graduated from Westchester County schools and attended the Eastman-Gaines Business College in New York City. Hatfield worked in insurance and real estate, and was a farmer. A resident of Poughkeepsie, NY, Hatfield was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (Dutchess County 2nd District 1943-1944, Dutchess County 1945-1947) and served as chairman of the Mortgage and Real Estate Committee, and on the Insurance and Public Service Committees.
He then ran for and won election to the New York State Senate representing the 33rd District from 1948-1954 and the 35th District from 1955-1964. While in the State Senate, Hatfield was chairman of the Banks Committee and served on the Agriculture, Education, Excise, Finance, Labor and Industry, Public Relief and Welfare, Public Service, and Rules Committees. In addition, Hatfield was chairman of the temporary New York State Commission on Historic Observances.
Hatfield also was a member of the Freemasons, Knights Templar, Grotto, Exchange Club and Common Council in Poughkeepsie. He owned the business E.I. Hatfield, Inc. He died in 1977 in Dutchess County.
Ernest Hatfield Papers donated his papers a few years after he left the New York State Senate. The collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photographs, printed bills, and legislative transcript materials mostly dating from 1950 to 1964 during his Senate service. A Republican, Hatfield represented the Dutchess County 33rd district from 1948-1954 and 35th district from 1955-1964 in the State Senate. Although he previously served in the New York State Assembly, the collection does not include materials from this tenure. Topics of interest in the collection include documents related to Hatfield's role as chairman of the New York State Commission on Historic Observances and the Social Security bill, which prevented the separation of Social Security from the pensions of retired civil service employees.
The collection is organized into the following series:
Series 1 and 3 are arranged chronologically. Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by the subject of the legislative bills.
Ernest Hatfield initially donated his papers to Syracuse University in a series of deliveries from 1966-1970. In 2006, the papers were transferred to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.
Processed by: Ga Yue Lau in 2011.
Collection record created by: Jodi Boyle
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Ernest I. Hatfield Papers, 1949-1968. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Hatfield Papers).
|1||15||Agriculture and markets law||1956|
|1||16||Alcoholic beverage control law||1956|
|1||17||Amend previous acts||1956|
|1||20||Civil Service Law||1956|
|1||21||Compulsory automobile insurance bill||1954, 1962-1963|
|1||22||Compulsory workman's compensation insurance for farmers||1964|
|1||23||Concurrent resolution of Senate and Assembly||1956|
|1||27||Dirksen Eastland bill||1964|
|1||31||General business law||1956|
|1||32||General municipal law||1956|
|1||33||Greenport Fire District||1956|
|1||34||Hatfield election materials||Undated|
|1||35||Highway law||1956, 1967|
|1||37||Joint Legislative Committee on docks in the City of New York||1962|
|1||38||Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law questionnaire||1962, Undated|
|1||39||Judiciary law||1955, 1966|
|1||42||Legislative report from Senator Hatfield||1964|
|1||43||Local finance law||1956|
|1||45||McNeil Mitchell bill||1956|
|1||46||Metcalf Baker Bill||1956|
|1||47||New York State Commission on Historic Observances||1958-1960, 1964-1965|
|1||48||New York State Commission on Historic Observances booklets||1960|
|1||50||Pension of retired public employees||1956|
|1||51||Poughkeepsie Armory employee bill||1956|
|1||52||Prohibit state/public corp to restrict representation of employee||1956|
|1||53||Public authority law||1956-1957|
|1||55||Real property law||1955-1956|
|1||56||Receipt and fulfillment of requests for copies of legislation||1955-1956|
|1||57||Retirement and Social Security law||1956|
|1||58||Savings bank branch bill||1956|
|1||59||Senate Bill No. 3116||1956|
|1||60||Senate Bill Introduction No. 3423, Print No.3781||1964|
|1||61||Senate Introductory 2095||1964|
|2||1||Social welfare law||1956|
|2||2||Speeches and related correspondence||1950-1951, 1956-1957, 1960-1963, Undated|
|2||3||Standing Committees of the Senate||1956|
|2||4||State finance law||1956|
|2||6||Suffolk County bill||1956|
|2||7||Taconic State Police||1956|
|2||10||Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law||1963 January 30|
|2||11||Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law||1963 January 31|
|2||12||Workmen's compensation law||1956|
|2||13||Vehicle and traffic law||1956|
|Oversized 1||1||Scrapbook||1950 December-1963 September|
|Oversized 2||1-2||Scrapbook||1955 January-1956 February|
|Oversized 1||2||Scrapbook||1956 February-1956 March|
|Oversized 3||1||Scrapbook||1956 December-1958 April|
|Oversized 4||1||Scrapbook||1958 January-1958 July|
|Oversized 3||2||Scrapbook||1960 December-1963 April|
|Oversized 5||1||Scrapbook||1963 October-1964 May|