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Civil litigation , general General practice lawyer

Paul Whitcomb Williams, American Civil litigation, general General practice lawyer Decorated officer Order of Merit (France).


Williams, Paul Whitcomb was born on July 12, 1903 in Rochester, New York, United States. Son of Henry B. and Lillian Gray (White) Williams.


Student, Emmanuel College, Cambridge (England) University, 1925-1926.


Bar: New York 1931. Association Cravath, de Gersdorf, Swaine & Wood, 1929-1931. Associate Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, New York City, 1933-1939, partner, 1939-1942, 45-54, 58-77. Assistant attorney United States District Court (southern district) New York, 1931-1933, attorney, 1955-1958;special counsel to Insurance Department State New York, 1951-1952.

Special assistant attorney general in charge investigations State of New York, Saratoga and Columbia counties, 1952-1954. Justice Supreme Court State of New York, 1954. Board directors Sterling Bancorp, Sterling National Bank & Trust County, New York.

Chairman minimum wage board Confectionery Industry, New York, 1947. President Manhattan council Boy Scouts American, 1952-1956, member Executive Board of Greater New York councils, 1956, president, 1962-1965, Chairman of the Board, 1965-1967, honorary Chairman of the Board, 1967-1977. Chairman of the Board New York City division American Cancer Society, 1965-1974, chairman of the executive committee national organization, 1975-1977, vice Chairman of the Board, 1977-1979.

Chairman of the executive committee American Cancer Society Palm Beach Benefit, 1985. Chairman of the board of trustees Bard College, 1964-1974, life trustee, 1974. Member board advisors St. Mary's Hospital, Palm Beach, 1985.

New York City Republican candidate for Congress, 8th New York District, 1946.


Served as Lieutenant commander of The United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1945. Member Association Bar City New York (chairman of the section on trials and appeals 1949-1951, 58-59, vice president 1958-1959), Harvard Law School Association New York (vice president 1958-1959), Pilgrims of the United States, Society Colonial Wars (Florida governor since 1985), Roundtable Palm Beach (president 1986), New York County Lawyers Association, American Law Institute, American Judicature Society, Institute Judicial Administration, American Bar Foundation, American College Trial Lawyers, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association (president Empire chapter 1956-1958), New York State Bar Association, Southwestern Legal Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, S.R. (president 1962-1964), Military Order World Wars, American Legion, English Speaking Union, Society of the Four Arts, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Brook, New York Young Republican (president 1936), Harvard University, University (New York City).


Married Minerva Fedyn Sawdon, August 10, 1956.

Henry B. Williams

Lillian Gray (White) Williams

Minerva Fedyn Sawdon