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Whitman Knapp, American federal judge. Bar: New York 1935.


Knapp, Whitman was born on February 24, 1909 in New York City. Son of Wallace Percy and Caroline Morgan (Miller) Knapp.


Graduate, Choate School, 1927. Bachelor, Yale, 1931. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1934.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), City University of New York City College, 1992.


With firm, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, New York City, 1935-1937; deputy assistant district attorney, New York City, 1937-1941; with firm, Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Lumbard, New York City, 1941; member of staff district attorney, New York City, 1942-1950; chief indictment board, 1942-1944; chief, appeal bureau, 1944-1950; partner firm, Barrett Knapp Smith Schapiro & Simon (and predecessors), 1950-1972; United States district judge, Southern District New York, 1972-1987; senior district judge, Southern District New York, since 1987. Special counsel New York State Youth Commission, 1950-1953. Waterfront Commission New York.Harbor, 1953-1954.

Member temporary commission revision New York State penal law andcriminal code, 1964-1969. Chairman Knapp Commission to Investigate Allegations of Police Corruption in New York City, 1969-1972. General counsel Urban League Greater New York, 1970-1972.


  • Bar: New York 1935.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Harvard Law Rev, 1933-1934.


Secretary Community Council Greater New York, 1952-1958. President Dalton Schools, New York City, 1950-1953, Youth House, 1967-1968. Trustee University Settlement, 1945-1964, Mobilization for Youth, 1965-1970.

Member American Bar Association, American Law Institute, American Bar Foundation, American College Trial Lawyers, Association Bar City New York (secretary 1946-1949, chairman of the executive committee 1971-1972).


Married Ann Fallert, May 17, 1962. 1 son, Gregory Wallace. Children by previous marriage– Whitman Everett, Caroline Miller (Mistress Edward M. W. Hines), Marion Elizabeth.

Wallace Percy Knapp

Caroline Morgan (Miller) Knapp

Ann Fallert