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Dudley Baldwin Bonsal, American federal judge. Bar: New York bar 1932.


Bonsal, Dudley Baldwin was born on October 6, 1906 in Bedford, New York, United States. Son of Stephen and Henrietta Fairfax (Morris) Bonsal.


Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College, 1927;Bachelor of Laws, Harvard, 1930.


Born in Bedford, New York, Bonsal received an A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1927 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1930. He was in private practice in New York City from 1930 to 1942. He was a chief counsel to the US Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs from 1942 to 1945, returning to private practice in New York City from 1945 to 1961, and from 1958 to 1960 served as president of the New York City Bar Association.

On October 5, 1961, Bonsal received a recess appointment from John F. Kennedy to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York created by 75 Stat. 80. Formally nominated on January 15, 1962, he was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 16, 1962, and received his commission on March 17, 1962. He assumed senior status on December 6, 1976.

While in senior status, Bonsal was a judge on the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals from 1977 to 1987, and on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from 1981 to 1984. Bonsal continued his senior service until his death, in 1995, in Bedford, New York.


  • Bar: New York bar 1932.


Trustee Institute International Education, 1948-1964, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1960-1973, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, Practising Law Institute, 1969-1985. Fellow American Bar Foundation (director 1967-1975). Member American, New York bar associations, Association Bar City New York (president 1958-1960), New York City Council on Foreign Relations.

Clubs: Century Association (New York City).


Married Lois Abbott Worrall, May 16, 1931 (deceased August 1981). Children: Lois (Mistress Frederic B. Osler, Junior), Stephen. Married Lucia Turner Faithfull, March 5, 1983.

Stephen Bonsal

Henrietta Fairfax (Morris) Bonsal

Lois Abbott Worrall

Lucia Turner Faithfull

Lois (Mistress Frederic B. Osler Bonsal

Junior) Bonsal

Stephen Bonsal