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Robert Morris Morgenthau

Lawyer , Prosecutor

Robert MORGENTHAU, American lawyer. New York; Board of directors P.R. Legal Defense and Education Fund; Bar Association City of New York.


MORGENTHAU, Robert was born on July 31, 1919 in New York, United States. Son of Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and Elinor (nee Fatman) Morgenthau.


Bachelor, Amherst College, 1941. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Amherst College, 1966. Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1948.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), New York Law School, 1968. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Syracuse Law School, 1976. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Albany Law School, 1982.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Colgate University, 1988.


Associate Patterson Belknap & Webb, New York City, 1948-1953, partner, 1954-1961. United States atty (southern district ) New York United States Department Justice, 1961-1962, 62-70. District attorney New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney' General’ s Office, New York City, 1975—2010.

Of counsel Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, since 2010. Lecturer London School Economics, 1993. Special master overseeing New York City's implementation of increasing the numbers of black and Hispanic firefighters, since 2010.

Lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1940-1945.


  • Bar: New York 1949.


Chairman New York City Police Athletic League. Trustee Baron de Hirsch Fund. Chairman Governor's Advisory Committee on Sentencing, 1979.

Counsel New York State Law Enforcement Council. Chairman A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage. Democratic candidate for Governor of New York, 1962.

Trustee Temple Emanu-El, New York City. Board directors Puerto Rico Legal Defense and Education Fund. Fellow American Bar Foundation.

Member American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (award for Excellence in Public Service 2001), Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York County Lawyers Association (Distinguished Public Service award 1993), Amherst Alumni Association (honorary president 2001), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Martha Pattridge (deceased). Children: Joan, Anne, Elinor, Robert P., Barbara. Married Lucinda Franks, November 19, 1977.

Children: Joshua, Amy.

Henry Morgenthau Junior

Elinor (Fatman) Morgenthau

Martha Pattridge

Lucinda Franks

Joan Morgenthau

Anne Morgenthau

Elinor Morgenthau

Robert P. Morgenthau

Barbara Morgenthau

Joshua Morgenthau

Amy Morgenthau