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Erwin Nathaniel Griswold, American lawyer. Bar: Ohio 1929, Massachusetts 1935, District of Columbia 1973.


Griswold, Erwin Nathaniel was born on July 14, 1904 in East Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Son of James Harlen and Hope (Erwin) Griswold.


AB, A.M., Oberlin College, 1925. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1928. S.JD, Harvard University, 1929.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Tufts College, 1949. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Case Institute of Technology, 1950. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University British Columbia, 1949.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Brown University, 1950. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Sydney, University Melbourne, 1951. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Dalhousie University, 1952.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Harvard. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Amherst College, 1953. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Columbia University.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Richmond, 1954. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Brandeis University, 1956. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Michigan, 1959.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Northwestern University, 1960. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Toronto, 1962. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Williams College, 1966.

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Princeton University, 1968. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Oberlin College, 1982. Doctor of Civil Law (honorary), University Toronto, 1962.

Doctor of Civil Law (honorary), University Edinburgh. Doctor of Civil Law (honorary), Oxford University, 1964. And numerous other honorary degrees.


With Griswold, Green, Palmer & Hadden, Cleveland, 1929. Attorney office solicitor general, special assistant to attorney general Washington, 1929-1934. Assistant professor law Harvard University, 1934-1935, professor, 1935-1946, dean, Charles Stebbins Fairchild professor law, 1946-1950, dean, Langdell professor law, 1950-1967.

Solicitor general United States, 1967-1973. Partner Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, Washington, 1973-1991, senior counsel, 1991-1994. Member United States Civil Rights Commission, 1961-1967.

Member conference with Soviet lawyers Lawyers Alliance Nuclear Arms Control, 1983-1994.


  • Bar: Ohio 1929, Massachusetts 1935, District of Columbia 1973.



Trustee Oberlin College, 1936-1994, Bradford Junior College, 1942-1949, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, 1942-1946, Harvard Law Review Association, 1938-1967. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences (vice president 1946-1948), British Academy (correspondent). Member American Bar Association (house of deals 1957-1985, gold medal 1978), Massachusetts Bar Association, American Law Institute, American College Trial Lawyers, American Philosophical Society, Inner Temple (honorary bencher), Harvard Club (New York City), Burning Tree Club, Cosmos Club, Metropolitan Club (Washington), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Harriet Allena Ford, December 30, 1931. Children: Hope Eleanor Griswold Murrow, William Erwin.

James Harlen Griswold

Hope (Erwin) Griswold

Harriet Allena Ford

Hope Eleanor Griswold Murrow Griswold

William Erwin Griswold