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David Farquhar Cavers, American educator. Bar: New York 1928, Massachusetts 1958. Fellow Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1958-1959. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Upsilon, Beta Gamma Sigma.


Cavers, David Farquhar was born on September 3, 1902 in Buffalo. Son of William Watt and Elizabeth Mitchell (Farquhar) Cavers.


Bachelor of Science, University Pennsylvania, 1923. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1926. Doctor of Juridical Science, Suffolk University, 1957.

Doctor of Laws, Chuo University, Tokyo, 1964. Doctor of Laws, Duke University, 1979.


With, New York City law firm, 1926-1929;instructor, Harvard University, 1929-1930;assistant professor, West Virginia University College Law, 1930-1931;assistant professor, Duke U. School Law, 1931-1932;professor of law, Duke U. School Law, 1932-1945;professor, Harvard Law School, 1945-1988;Fessenden professor of law, Harvard Law School, 1952-1969;emeritus, Harvard Law School, 1969-1988;associate dean, Harvard Law School, 1951-1958;president, Walter E. Meyer Research Institute Law, 1958-1969. President Council Law-Related Studies, 1969-1976. Vice- chairman of the board of trustees Center for Law and Social Policy, 1970-1977, member, 1977-1988.

Visiting professor lawYale U. School Law, 1936-1937, University of Chicago Law School, 1940-1941. Lecturer Hague Academy International Law, 1970. Assistant general counsel OPA, Washington, 1943-1945, associate general counsel, 1945-1946.

Legal adviser United States Department of Agriculture in drafting food and drug bills, 1933-1934. Special assistant to the United States Attorney General, 1938. Member research advisory board Committee for Economics Development, 1943-1951.

Member Common for Revision North Carolina Law Estates, 1935-1936. Executive Committee Association American Law Schools, 1967-1968. United States delegate Hague Conference on Private International Law, 1941-1973.


  • Bar: New York 1928, Massachusetts 1958.



Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Upsilon, Beta Gamma Sigma.


Married Lelia Yeaman, September 8, 1931. 1 son, David Farquhar.

William Watt Cavers

Elizabeth Mitchell (Farquhar) Cavers

Lelia Yeaman