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Huntington Cairns

Huntington Cairns, American lawyer, author. Bar: Maryland 1926, District of Columbia 1943. Benjamin N. Cardozo lecturer, 1962; John Randolph Tucker lecturer, 1970; Recipient Civic medallion for most significant contribution to progress of Baltimore in field professions and science, 1935, Rockefeller Public Service award.


  • Cairns, Huntington was born on September 1, 1904 in Baltimore. Son of James Duncanson and Helen Huntington (Heath) Cairns.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Baltimore City College, 1922. Bachelor of Laws, University Maryland, 1925. Doctor of Laws, New York University.

      Doctor of Laws, St. Andrews University. Doctor of Laws, Johns Hopkins. Doctor of Laws, University Maryland.

      Doctor of Humane Letters, Tulane University. Doctor of Humane Letters, Kenyon College.


    • Associate Piper, Carey & Hall, 1926-1937, partner, 1933-1937. Special legal adviser United States Treasury Department, 1934-1937, 43-65. Lecturer taxation University Maryland Law School, 1935-1937.

      Chairman radio program Invitation to Learning, 1940-1941. Assistant general counsel United States Treasury, 1937-1943. Member committee on practice Treasury Department, 1944-1952.

      Secretary, member American Commission for Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments, War Areas, 1943-1946. Secretary, treasurer, general counsel National Gallery Art, 1943-1965. James Schouler lecturer political science Johns Hopkins, 1947, lecturer criticism, 1949-1959.

      Member Maryland Tax Revision Commission, 1938-1941.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Maryland 1926, District of Columbia 1943.



    Trustee Bollingen Foundation, Textile Museum. Member Dumbarton Oaks administrative committee Harvard. Board directors Junior History of Ideas.

    Member-at-large American Council Learned Societies. Member American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association (honorary life member), American Law Institute, American Philosophical Association, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Hamilton Street, Maryland, Cosmos, Wranglers.


    • Married Florence F. Butler, May 29, 1929.
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    Born September 1, 1904
    Died January 19, 1985
    (aged 80)
    • 1922
      Baltimore City College
    • 1925
      University Maryland
    • 1926 - 1937
      Associate, Piper
    • 1934 - 1937
      special legal adviser United States Treasury Department
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