Student, Emmanuel College, Cambridge (England) University, 1925-1926.
Bar: New York 1931. Associate 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 Company, 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, since 1956, president, 1962-1965, chairman board, 1965-1967, honorary chairman board, 1967-1977.
Chairman board New York City division American Cancer Society, 1965-1974, chairman executive committee national organization, 1975-1977, vice chairman board, 1977-1979. Chairman executive committee American Cancer Society Palm Beach Benefit, since 1985. Chairman board trustees Bard College, 1964-1974, life trustee, since 1974.
Member board advisors St. Mary's Hospital, Palm Beach, since 1985. New York City Republican candidate for Congress, 8th New York District, 1946.
Served as lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member Association Bar City New York (chairman 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 since 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.