Harrison Tweed

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Born Oct 18, 1885

Harrison Tweed, was a New York City lawyer and civic leader.

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    NYTimes - May 31, 2001
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    NYTimes - Dec 12, 1996
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    NYTimes - Dec 12, 1989


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1885 Birth Tweed was born in New York City on October 18, 1885. … Read More
1891 5 Years Old His maternal grandfather was William M. Evarts, who served successively from 1868 to 1891 as United States Attorney General, United States Secretary of State, and United States Senator from New York, and was one of the leaders of the American Bar Association. … Read More


1910 24 Years Old At Harvard Law School, he served on the law review and was awarded an LL.B. in 1910. … Read More
1914 28 Years Old Tweed was married three times and divorced twice. By his first marriage on June 14, 1914 to Eleanor Roelker, he had two children.


1928 42 Years Old Following his divorce in 1928, he married Blanche Oelrichs Barrymore, the former wife of John Barrymore who used the name Michael Strange in her acting and writing careers. They were divorced in 1942.
1932 46 Years Old Tweed's appointment as chairman of the legal aid committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York in 1932, led to a continuing involvement in bar organizations. … Read More


1936 50 Years Old He served as president of the Legal Aid Society of New York from 1936 to 1945, later publishing a history of its first seventy-five years, and of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association from 1949 to 1955.
1940 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Educational matters and public service occupied much of Tweed's time. He served as a trustee of Sarah Lawrence College from 1940 to 1965, including eight years as chairman of the board of trustees (1947 to 1955), and was interim president of the college in 1959-1960. … Read More
1942 56 Years Old He married Barbara Banning on 21 November 1942; they had one child.
1945 59 Years Old In 1945, Tweed was elected president of the New York City bar association. … Read More


1947 61 Years Old In 1947, Tweed became president of the American Law Institute (ALI). … Read More
1950 64 Years Old He also served as an overseer of Harvard University from 1950 to 1956, and from 1951 to 1967 he was a trustee of the Cooper Union Center for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.
1953 67 Years Old New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey in 1953 appointed him chairman of the state’s commission to study the reorganization of the judicial branch (courts); many of its recommendations, including the formation of a new judicial conference of the state's judges, were later adopted by the state. In 1963, at the request of US President John F. Kennedy, Tweed became co-chairman of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a position that he held for two years. … Read More
1969 83 Years Old 1 More Event
A series of interviews dealing largely with his law practice are in the Columbia Oral History Collection, Tributes to Tweed appear in the 1969 Association of the Bar of the City of New York Yearbook and the 1970 American Law Institute Proceedings. … Read More
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