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HOLLIS 601602

Plimpton, Francis T. P. (Francis Taylor Pearsons). Papers, 1923-1976: Finding Aid.

Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard Law School

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601602
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Plimpton, Francis T. P. (Francis Taylor Pearsons)
Title: Francis T.P. (Francis Taylor Pearsons) Plimpton
Date(s): 1923-1976
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box and 2 Paige boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The materials in this collection pertain to Plimpton's professional life and his activities involving various organizations and events such as the H.L.S. Association of New York, and the Ames competition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Plimpton's wife, Pauline Ames Plimpton, in 1984.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn, January, 1984.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Historical/Biographical Information

Plimpton, Francis T.P., lawyer, public servant, diplomat
b. December 7, 1900, New York, NY.
s. George Arthur and Frances Taylor (Pearsons) Plimpton
A.B. magna cum laude, Amherst College, 1922; L.H.D. (hon.), 1973.
J.D., Harvard University, 1925
LL.D. (hon.), Colby College, 1960; Lake Forest College, 1964; New York University, 1970; Yale University, 1972; Vermont Law School, 1979.
L.H.D. (hon.), Pratt Institute, 1967; Adelphi University, 1972
m. Pauline Ames, June 4, 1926; children: George Ames; Francis T.P.; Oakes Ames; Sarah Gay
Admitted to New York Bar, 1926
Associated with firm Root, Clark, Buckner and Ballantine, New York, NY, 1925-1932; in charge of Paris office, 1930-1931
General Solicitor, RFC, Washington, D.C., 1932-1933
Partner, firm Debevoise and Plimpton, and predecessors, New York, NY, 1933-1961, 1965-1983.
Ambassador, deputy U.S. representative, United Nations, 1961-1965; member, U.S. delegations, 15 th-19 th General Assemblies Member, advisory committee on international organizations, Department of State.
First vice-president, member of administrative tribunal, United Nations, 1966-1980.
Chairman, New York City Board of Ethics, Mayor's New York City Committee on Distinguished Guests.
Decorated chevalier Legion of Honor (France); commander Order of Merit (Italy); Order, Law, Culture and Peace (Mexico); associate knight, Order St. John Jerusalem; recipient, Distinguished Public Service award, New England Society of New York, 1963.
Other awards: Federal Bar Council, 1964; St. Nicholas Society, 1974; Institute of Man and Science, 1975; Bronze medal, City of New York, 1975; Gold medal, New York Bar Association, 1977; Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1980; medal of distinction, Barnard College, 1979; Justice award, Legal Aid Society, 1981
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Bar Foundation; Benjamin Franklin Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
Trustee of various financial and academic institutions.
Member of legal, historical, cultural and genealogical organizations and social clubs.
d. 1983

Scope and Contents

This collection contains miscellaneous Harvard correspondence relating to class reunions, special professorships, the H.L.S. Association of New York, and Ames competition brief. Also included are 6 vols. of The Bull, a weekly office newsletter of the N.Y.C. law firm of Root, Clark, Buckner, Howland and Ballantine, including 1945 Silver anniversary issue of The Bull. Plimpton's student notebooks were transferred to the Law Library collections.


Student notebooks, 1922-1925, 2 paige boxes.

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Additional Index Terms

Law partnership.
Plimpton, T.P. (Francis Taylor Pearsons), 1900-1983.
Root, Clark, Buckner, Howland and Ballantine.
Harvard Law School.