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Henry Jacob Friendly, American judge. Bar: New York 1928, District of Columbia 1947. Recipient Louis Stein award Fordham Law School, Presidential medal of Freedom, 1977, Thomas Jefferson Memorial award in law, 1978.


Friendly, Henry Jacob was born on July 3, 1903 in Elmira, New York, United States. Son of Myer H. Leah and Hallo (Friendly).


AB, Harvard University, 1923. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1927. Doctor of Humane Letters, Hebrew Union College.

Doctor of Laws, Syracuse University. Doctor of Laws, Brooklyn Law School. Doctor of Laws, Jewish Theological Seminary.

Doctor of Laws, Western Reserve University. Doctor of Laws, Brandeis University. Doctor of Laws, University Cincinnati.

Doctor of Laws, University Chicago. Doctor of Laws, Harvard University. Doctor of Laws, Columbia University.

Doctor of Laws, Northwestern University. Doctor of Laws, New York University.


Law clerk to, Mr. Justice Brandeis, Washington, 1927-1928;associate law firm, Root, Clark, Buckner & Ballantine, New York City, 1928-1936;partner, Root, Clark, Buckner & Ballantine, New York City, 1937-1945;own firm, Cleary, Gottlieb, Friendly & Hamilton, New York City, 1946-1959;director, vice president, general counsel, Pan American World Airways System, 1946-1959;United States judge Court Appeals, 2d Circuit, 1959-1986;chief judge, 2d Circuit, 1971-1973;presiding judge special court under Rail Reorganization Act., 1974-1986.


  • Bar: New York 1928, District of Columbia 1947.


Overseer Harvard University, 1964-1969. Member American, New York State, New York City bar associations, Association Bar City of New York (honorary, American Law Institute, Council, member executive committee), Harvard alumni association (president 1960-1951), Harmonie Club, Century Club, Merchants Club.


Married Sophie M. Stern, September 4, 1930 (deceased 1985). Children: David, Joan, Ellen Simon.

Myer H. Leah Friendly

Hallo (Friendly)

Sophie M. Stern

David Friendly

Joan Friendly

Ellen Simon Friendly