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Henry Lawrence King

Henry Lawrence King, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1952, Supreme Court of the United States Court, other federal courts 1952. Recipient Columbia Alumni medal for conspicuous service, 1968, John Jay award, 1992, Nicholas Murray Butler medal, 2005, Servant of Justice award Episcopal Diocese New York, 2007.


  • King, Henry Lawrence was born on April 29, 1928 in New York City. Son of H. Abraham and Henrietta (Prentky) King.

  • Education

    • AB, Columbia University, 1948. Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1951.


    • With Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York City, since 1951, partner, since 1961, managing partner, chairman, 1982-1996.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1952, Supreme Court of the United States Court, other federal courts 1952.


    • Managing editor Yale Law Journal, 1951.


    Trustee, chairman board Columbia University, 1984-1996, chairman emeritus, since 1996. Chairman board Columbia Presbyterian advisory council. President Association Alumni Columbia College, 1966-1968, Alumni Federation Columbia University, 1973-1975.

    Chairman College Fund, 1972-1973. President Yale Law School Association, 1984-1986, chairman, 1986-1988. President Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York City.

    Board director Population Council, Citizens Committee New York City, Inc., American Skin Association, Collegiate Chorale. Fishers Island Development Company. Vestryman Trinity Church, New York City, 1991-1998.

    Trustee Chapin School, 1977-1989, New York Academy Medicine, 1999-1906, Columbia University Press, 1978-1992. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers, College Commercial Arbitrators. Member American Bar Association, Council Foreign Relations, American Law Institute, New York State Bar Association (president 1988-1989), New York City Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Fishers Island Club, Century Association, Union Club New York City, Blind Brook Club, Fishers Island Yacht Club, Pilgrims, Church Club New York City, Links Club.


    • Married Barbara Hope, 1949 (deceased May 1962). Children: Elizabeth King Robertson(deceased), Patricia King Cantlay(deceased), Matthew Harrison. Married Alice Mary Sturges, August 1, 1963 (divorced 1978).

      Children: Katherine Masury King Baccile, Andrew Lawrence, Eleanor Sturges, Stringfellow. Married Margaret Gram, February 14, 1981.
    • father: H. Abraham King
    • mother: Henrietta (Prentky) King
    • spouses: Barbara Hope
    • Alice Mary Sturges
    • Margaret Gram
    • children: Elizabeth King Robertson King (deceased)
    • Patricia King Cantlay King (deceased)
    • Matthew Harrison King
    • Katherine Masury King Baccile King
    • Andrew Lawrence King
    • Eleanor Sturges King
    • Stringfellow King
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    Born April 29, 1928