The New York Young Republican Club has bestowed the following awards:

Herbert Brownell Jr. Award

The Herbert Brownell Jr. Award goes to a Club alumnus that best embodies the spirit of Herbert Brownell Jr. (1904-1996). Brownell served as a member of the New York Assembly for five years, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, manager of Governor Thomas E. Dewey’s Presidential Campaign, and United States Attorney General under President Eisenhower for seven years. His example of service to both country and party has served as a standard to which we all aspire. Fittingly, this award winner must demonstrate a lifetime of achievement and dedication to both nation and party.

Past Recipients:

  • E. Virgil Conway
  • Jerold R. Ruderman (2004)
  • Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff (2005)
  • Roy M. Goodman (2006)
  • Ann Brownell Sloane
  • Margaret Jean McKee (2008)
  • Michael B. Mukasey (2012)
  • John C. Whitehead
  • Edward F. Cox (2014)
  • Brian R. Morgenstern (2015)

Frederic René Coudert Jr. Award

The Frederic René Coudert Jr. Award goes to an individual that best embodies the conservative spirit of Frederic René Coudert Jr. (1898-1972). Coudert was a member of the New York State Senate from 1939 to 1946, sitting in the 162nd, 163rd, 164th, and 165th New York State Legislatures. Between 1940 and 1942, he helped lead the Rapp-Coudert Committee, which sought to identify the extent of communist influence in the public education system of the state of New York. Its inquiries lead to the dismissal of more than 40 instructors and staff members at the City College of New York. He was elected as a Republican to the 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th, and 85th United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1959. Coudert was an outspoken conservative and endorsed William F. Buckley’s 1965 Conservative campaign for the New York City mayoralty over liberal Republican Congressman and fellow New York Young Republican Club alumnus John Lindsay. 

Past Recipients:

  • Stephen K. Bannon (2019)
  • James E. O’Keefe III (2020)

F. Trubee Davison Award

The F. Trubee Davison Award is presented to a Republican candidate who displays the highest leadership qualities and character within the Republican Party in previous or current election cycles. F. Trubee Davison (1896-1974) was an American World War I aviator, Assistant United States Secretary of War, Director of Personnel for the Central Intelligence Agency, President of the American Museum of Natural History, and the Club’s first member elected to higher office. He was elected to the New York State Assembly from the 2nd District in 1922 and served until 1926, where he gained a reputation as being one of the hardest-working members. In 1925, he became head of the unofficial “Crime Commission,” sponsored by Judge Elbert H. Gary. In the New York state election, 1932, he ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York with William J. Donovan. Still, they were defeated in a landslide by Democrats Herbert H. Lehman and M. William Bray.

Past Recipients:

  • Daniel M. Donovan Jr. (2010)
  • Christopher R. Wight (2012)
  • Christopher P. Gibson (2015)
  • Jamie R. Silvestri (2020)

Thomas E. Dewey Award

The Thomas E. Dewey Award is bestowed upon an individual whose exemplary service in government best embodies the spirit and dedication to the Republican Party. Thomas E. Dewey (1902-1971) was an American lawyer, prosecutor, and politician. Dewey served as the Chairman of the New York Young Republican Club’s Board of Governors from 1931 to 1932. He served as the 47th governor of New York from 1943 to 1954. In 1944, he won the Republican Party’s nomination for president but lost the election to incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt in the closest of Roosevelt’s four presidential elections. He again served as the Republican presidential nominee in 1948 but lost to Harry S. Truman in one of the greatest upsets in presidential election history. Dewey played a large role in winning the Republican presidential nomination for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and also helped Eisenhower win the presidential election that year. He was instrumental in the selection of Richard M. Nixon as the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956. As a New York City prosecutor and District Attorney in the 1930s and early 1940s, Dewey relentlessly south to curb the power of the American mafia and of organized crime in general. Most famously, he successfully prosecuted Mafioso kingpin Charles “Lucky” Luciano on charges of forced prostitution in 1936. Luciano was given a 30- to 50-year prison sentence. Dewey also prosecuted and convicted Waxey Gordon, another prominent New York City gangster and bootlegger, on charges of tax evasion. Dewey almost succeeded in apprehending Jewish mobster Dutch Schultz as well, but Schultz was murdered in 1935 in a hit ordered by The Commission itself; he had disobeyed The Commission’s order forbidding him from making an attempt on Dewey’s life.

John Foster Dulles Award

The John Foster Dulles Award goes to an individual that best embodies the anti-Communist spirit of John Foster Dulles (1888-1959). Dulles served as United States Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an aggressive stance against communism throughout the world, believing it was “Godless terrorism.” Club alumnus, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey appointed Dulles to the United States Senate to replace Democratic incumbent Robert F. Wagner, who had resigned due to ill health. Dulles served from July 7 to November 8, 1949. He lost the 1949 special election to finish the term to Democratic nominee Herbert H. Lehman.

Past Recipients:

  • Erik D. Prince (2019)
  • Andrea J. Catsimatidis (2020)

John Marshall Harlan II Award

The John Marshall Harlan II Award is presented to a member of the community at large who goes to great lengths to assist the Club in fulfilling its mission. John Marshall Harlan II (1899-1971) was a former member of the Club and an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1955 to 1971. Harlan is often characterized as a member of the conservative wing of the Warren Court. He advocated a limited role for the judiciary, remarking that the Supreme Court should not be considered “a general haven for reform movements.” In general, Harlan adhered more closely to precedent and was more reluctant to overturn legislation than many of his colleagues on the Court. He strongly disagreed with the doctrine of incorporation, which held that the provisions of the federal Bill of Rights applied to the state governments. At the same time, he advocated a broad interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, arguing that it protected a wide range of rights not expressly mentioned in the United States Constitution. Harlan is sometimes called the “great dissenter” of the Warren Court and has been described as one of the most influential Supreme Court justices of the twentieth century.

Past Recipients:

  • Ronald D. Coleman (2020)

Stanley M. Isaacs Award

Since 1962 the Stanley M. Isaacs Award has been presented to a non-board Club member who has made the most important contributions to the Club in the last year in the opinion of the Board of Governors. Stanley M. Isaacs (1882-1962), who served as Manhattan Borough President from 1938-1941, and Minority Leader of the City Council at the time of his death, made a lifetime commitment to supporting the Club and its endeavors. It is this legacy of service to the Club that future award recipients shall be measured against.

Past Recipients:

  • Jerry Blodgett (1963)
  • Thomas Cranmer (1964)
  • Kerry Picket (2004)
  • Angelique Mercurio (2006)
  • Richard Brownell
  • Gail Allen
  • Amanda McClane
  • Teresa Kelly
  • Thoa Dang
  • Sharlene A. Santercole
  • Jennifer Saunders (2011)
  • Jennifer Gallacher (2012)
  • Samantha M. McNeily (2017)
  • Seth I. Segal (2020)

Phillip J. McCook Award

Since 1947 the Phillip J. McCook Award (Previously known as the Civic Service Award, the War Memorial Award, and the New York Young Republican Club Award) has been given to a person in the community at large that best embodies the spirit and mission of the New York Young Republican Club, who exemplifies the fundamental ideals of Republicanism, such as liberty and individual responsibility, and who has demonstrated a dedication and service to both the Republican Party and society. Phillip J. McCook (1873-1963) was one of the Club’s original 32 founders and its first president, serving from 1911 to 1914. In 1919 he was elected to the Supreme Court in New York. In 1930 he was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to preside over the Ewald Healy job-buying inquiry, which eventually led to the famed Seabury investigation and a public airing of the corruption in Tammany politics in the Democratic party in New York City. Judge McCook came from a family with a reputation for bravery in combat. A family often called the “fighting McCooks.” His family had 15 men wearing Union Army uniform during the Civil War, and Judge McCook had the unusual distinction of having served in the U.S. Army in three wars. He was an infantry corporal in the Spanish-American War, an infantry major in World War I, and a colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in World War II. He was wounded during World War I at the Meuse and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Past Recipients:

  • David W. Peck (1947)
  • Thomas E. Dewey (1948)
  • George Frankenthaler (1949)
  • Charles D. Breitel (1951)
  • Jacob K. Javits (1952)
  • Charles H. Tuttle (1953)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1954)
  • Herbert C. Hoover (1955)
  • John Foster Dulles (1956)
  • Ezra Taft Benson (1958)
  • Thomas C. Desmond (1959)
  • Richard M. Nixon (1960)
  • Walter H. Judd (1961)
  • Nelson A. Rockefeller (1962)
  • Kenneth B. Keating (1963)
  • Jackie R. Robinson (1964)
  • George W. Romney (1965)
  • Mark O. Hatfield (1967)
  • Charles Ellsworth Goodell Jr.
  • Alfonse M. D’Amato (2005)
  • George E. Pataki (2006)
  • Enrico A. Lazio
  • Robert Price
  • Richard Miniter (2009)
  • Margaret E. Noonan (2010) 
  • Monica Crowley (2011)
  • Louis B. Gohmert (2012)
  • Tom A. Coburn (2013)
  • Lee M. Zeldin (2014)
  • Edward J. Rollins (2018)
  • Anthony Shaffer (2019)
  • George D. Santos (2020)

Nelson A. Rockefeller Award

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Award is presented to a member of the community at large who, in the spirit of the former Club member, New York Governor, and the United States Vice President, goes to great lengths to assist the New York Young Republican Club in fulfilling its mission. Nelson A. Rockefeller (1908-1979) served as Governor of New York State from 1959 to 1973 and Vice President of the United States from 1974 to 1977. Throughout his distinguished career, “Rocky”, as Club members affectionately referred to him, aided the Club in innumerable ways. Only a person of such generosity may fittingly receive this award.

Past Recipients:

  • Charles E. Dorkey III (2004)
  • Mallory Factor (2005)
  • Bob Williams (2010)
  • Robin Weaver (2017)
  • Salvatore J. Calise (2018)