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lawyer and government official

George Wildman Ball was American investment banker, former ambassador. Bar: Illinois 1934, District of Columbia 1946. Decorated officer Legion of Honor France, grand cross Order of Crown Belgium, Medal of Freedom United States, grand ufficiale Order of Merit Italy.


Ball, George Wildman was born on December 21, 1909 in Des Moines. Son of Amos and Edna (Wildman) Ball.


Bachelor, Northwestern University, 1930. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1933.


With General Counsel' General’ s Office United States Department Treasury, Washington, 1933—1935. Private practice Chicago, 1935—1942, Washington, 1946—1961. Founder, partner Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

Associate general counsel Lend-Lease Administration, then Foreign Economic Administration, 1942—1944. Director United States Strategic Bombing Survey, London, 1944—1945. General counsel French Supply Council, Washington, 1945—1946.

Under secretary for economic affairs United States Department State, 1961—1966, United States ambassador to United Nations, 1968—1969. Of counsel Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, 1966—1968, 1969—1994. Chairman Lehman Brothers International, Ltd., 1966—1968.

Senior partner Lehman Brothers, 1969—1982.


  • Bar: Illinois 1934, District of Columbia 1946.



Married Ruth Murdoch, September 16, 1932. Children: John Colin, Douglas Bleakley.

Amos Ball

Edna (Wildman) Ball

Ruth Murdoch

John Colin Ball

Douglas Bleakley Ball