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Whitney North Seymour, American lawyer. Bars: New York 1950, District of Columbia 1988, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1960. Trustee South St. Seaport Museum; chair executive committee Small Press Center Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946; Member New York State Bar Association (president 1973-1974), Federal Bar Council (president 1981-1982), American College Trial Lawyers, others.


Seymour, Whitney North was born on July 7, 1923 in Huntington, West Virginia, United States. Son of Whitney North and Lola Virginia (Vickers) Seymour.


Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Princeton, 1947. Bachelor of Laws, Yale, 1950. Honorary Doctor of Laws, New York Law School, 1972.


Bar: New York bar 1950. Association firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York City, 1950-1953, 56-59, partner, 1961-1970, 73-83, assistant United State Attorneys, 1953-1956. Chief counsel New York State Commission Governmental Operations, New York City, 1959-1960, Special Unit New York State Commission Investigation, 1960-1961.

Member of New York Senate, 1966-1968. United State Attorneys Southern District New York, 1970-1973. Chairman legal advising committee President’s Council on Environmental Quality, 1970-1973.

Vice president Art Commission, New York City, 1975-1977. President Municipal Art Society, 1965, Park Association New York, 1962-1964.


  • Bars: New York 1950, District of Columbia 1988, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1960.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Young Die Quietly: The Narcotics Problem in America, 1972, Why Justice Fails, 1973, United States Attorney, 1975, For the People: Fighting for Public Libraries, 1979. Editor: Small Urban Spaces, 1969. Contributor: articles to Redbook.

      Legal periodicals, others. Past board directors New York Public Library. Board directors Natural Resources Defense Council, Council for Public Interest Law, South St. Seaport Museum, Committee for Modern Court Justices, Urban Libraries Council.

      Past board directors New York Botanical Garden, Citizens Housing and Planning Council, Citizens for Clean Air, Boys Brotherhood Republic, Edward MacDowell Association. Organizer, secretary National Citizens Emergency Committee to Save Our Public Libraries, 1976-1980. Secretary National citizens for Public Libraries, 1980-1983.

      Chairman of the executive committee Citizens Action on Crime, since 1980.


Served from private to captain Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member of New York State Bar Association (president 1974-1975, house of deals), American Bar Association (chairman centennial committee 1972-1975), American College Trial Lawyers, American Judicature Society (director 1973-1976), Federal Bar Council (Emory Buchner award 1977, president 1980-1983), Association Bar City New York (Executive Committee 1960-1964, chairman special commission on criminal justice 1976-1980), New York County Lawyers Association (director) 1968-1971), New York Bar Foundation (vice-president, director).

Clubs: India House (New York City), Century (New York City), Players (New York City).


Married Catryna Ten Eyck, November 16, 1951. Children– Tryntje Van Ness, Gabriel North.

Whitney North Seymour

Lola Virginia (Vickers) Seymour

Catryna Ten Eyck

Tryntje Van Ness Seymour

Gabriel North Seymour