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Thomas Edmund Dewey, American lawyer. Awarded Medal for Excellence, Columbia University, in recognition public service, 1936; Cardinal Newman Distinguished Service award University Illinois, 1939, various other awards. Trustee New York Heart assosiation, New York Young Men’s Christian Association, Roosevelt Hospital, New York City.


Dewey, Thomas Edmund was born on March 24, 1902 in Owosso, Michigan, United States. Son of George Martin and Annie (Thomas) Dewey.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1923, Master of Laws, 1937. Bachelor of Laws, Columbia, 1925. Doctor of Laws, Tufts College, 1937, Brown U., 1938, Dartmouth, 1939, St. Lawrence University, 1941, New York University, 1942, Union College, 1943, Alfred U., 1945, Fordham, 1946, Colgate, 1947, Hamilton College, 1947, Columbia, 1947, Williams College, 1949, St. Bonaventure, 1950, Yeshiva U., 1951, U. Rochester, 1957.


Admitted to New York bar, 1926. Associate Larkin, Rathbone &Perry, 1925-1927. With McNamara & Seymour, 1927-1931.

Chief assistant United State Attorneys, Southern District of New York, 1931-1933, United State Attorneys, 1933. Private practice, 1934-1935. Counsel to Association of Bar in New York in removal of Municipal Justice Harold L. Kunstier, 1934.

Special prosecutor Investigation of organized Crime. New York, 1935-1937; elected district attorney New York County. 1937; Republican candidate for government State of New York, 1938, elected governor, 1942, reelected, 1946, 50.

Republican nominee for president United States, 1944, 48. Member of law firm Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood, New York City, 1955.


Fellow American College Trial Lawyers. Member American, New York State bar associations, Association Bar City New York, New York County Lawyers Association, Council Foreign Relations, Pilgrims, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Delta Phi. Mason (33).; Clubs: Links, Blindbrook, Recess, Downtown Association, City Midday, Hill.


Married Frances E. Hutt, June 16, 1928. Children: Thomas E., John Martin.

George Martin Dewey

Annie (Thomas) Dewey

Frances E. Hutt

John Martin Dewey

Thomas E. Dewey


  • Thomas E. Dewey and His Times This is the first full-scale biography of Thomas E. Dewey - the famous gangbuster of the thirties, twice candidate for president, a maker of the modern Republican party, the key behind-the-scenes strategist of both Dwight Eisenhower's and Richard Nixon's Presidential nominations. On whatever level he acted, Thomas Dewey made government work, as he made the judicial system work when, as the famous New York district attorney, he rounded up the city's most powerful and infamous gangsters. He was ruthless as well as imaginative, ambitious as well as able. Dewey's record deserves to be known and his personality explored. Richard N. Smith has done both, against the backdrop of the political and economic desperation that launched Dewey to national prominence while he was still in his early thirties. Thomas E. Dewey and His Times profiles the system as well as a man who worked within it. Dewey was a creative adapter and his achievements and his failures say a great deal about the appeal of men "who get things done."