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Ganson Purcell, American lawyer.


Purcell, Ganson was born on September 1, 1905 in San Gabriel, California, United States. Son of Geoffrey Morris and Martha Williams (Hutchinson) Purcell.


Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, 1927. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University Law School, 1930.


Admitted to bar, Supreme Court, District of Columbia, 1931, Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, 1931, Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1937. Law assistant, legislative counsel, United States Senate, 1930-1932, assistant legislative counsel, 1932-1934. Attorney, legal staff.

Securities and Exchange Commission, 1934-1936, assistant director trading and exchange div., 1936-1937, director, 1937-1941, commissioner Securities and Exchange Commission 1941-1946, chairman, 1942-1946. Washington partner, Root, Ballantine, Harlan, Bushby & Palmer, New York City, 1946-1951. Partner Purcell & Nelson, Washington, since 1951.


Member President’s National Power Policy Committee, 1942-1946. Appointed 1943 by the President as a. Member Federal, American, International, District, Columbia bar associations, Harvard Law School Association (District of Columbia president 1954-1955, nat. vice president 1957-1958, council), Academy Political Science, American Geography Society, Williams College Alumni Association (president Washington 1949-1950), N. American Yacht Racing Union, Kappa Alpha Society.

Clubs: Williams, University (New York City).


Married Catharine Farnham, November 7, 1931. Children: Patricia (Mistress.

Geoffrey Morris Purcell

Martha Williams (Hutchinson) Purcell

Catharine Farnham

Patricia (Mrs Purcell