Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eli Whitney Debevoise

Eli Whitney Debevoise - Lawyer, Philanthropist
Eli Whitney Debevoise, born in 1899, was the great great grandson of the Eli Whitney. Eli Whitney Debevoise passed away in 1990, at the ripe old age of 90 years old; his obituary was printed in the New York Times. He was a graduate of Yale and Harvard law. Debevoise started his career in the army and eventually gained the rank of second Lieutenant. In 1931 he founded Debevoise & Stevenson law firm with a partner, which eventually became the high-profile Debevoise & Plimpton LLP of today.
 From SourceWatch: "Mr. Debevoise served as Deputy United States High Commissioner for Germany from 1951 to 1953, one of the top positions with the Allied Commission that administered Germany's affairs in the years immediately following World War II.
In 1959, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller named Mr. Debevoise chairman of the New York State Task Force on Youth and Juvenile Delinquency, which was mandated to carry out a six-point program that included developing work camps for troubled youngsters.... Debevoise was also active in many charities, serving as president of the New York Association for the Blind, chairman of the Russell Sage Foundation, as a trustee of Rockefeller University and a trustee of the American Geographical Society." Also, look at these papers on record at Amherst college that  document his position as the deputy general counsel with the High Commission for Germany-Office of General Counsel (HICOG-OGC) from 1950-1953.

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