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Edward Cochrane McLean
Edward Cochrane McLean
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

August 24, 1962 - October 12, 1972
John F. Kennedy
Edward Jordan Dimock
Richard Owen
Personal details
Edward Cochrane McLean

(1903-10-16)October 16, 1903
Hoosick Falls, New York
DiedOctober 12, 1972(1972-10-12) (aged 68)
New York City, New York
Political partyRepublican
EducationWilliams College (AB)
Harvard University (LLB)

Edward Cochrane McLean (October 16, 1903 - October 12, 1972) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Hoosick Falls, New York, McLean's home town

Born on October 16, 1903, in Hoosick Falls, New York, McLean received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Williams College in 1924 and a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1929. While at Harvard, he served on the Harvard Law Review with Lee Pressman and knew Alger Hiss. (In the mid-1930s, both Pressman and Hiss became members of the Ware Group, a Soviet underground apparatus founded by Harold Ware, succeeded by Whittaker Chambers).[1][2][3]


Alger Hiss (1950), whom McLean defended

McLean served as a deputy assistant district attorney for New York County from 1935 to 1936, working for future Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey, then the special rackets prosecutor.[1][2][3] He entered private practice in New York City from 1943 to 1962. He was a Judge of the Darien, Connecticut Probate Court from 1957 to 1962.

Hiss Case

While in private practice with Debevoise, Plimpton and McLean (now Debevoise & Plimpton[4]), McLean served on defense teams for Alger Hiss. He served as attorney of record for the Hiss libel suit as well as the first Hiss criminal trial and posted bail for Hiss after his indictment. His firm also coordinated finances for the trials (recorded in papers of common Harvard friend Richard H. Field[5]). The trial team included Robert von Mehren, also new to Debevoise, Plimpton and McLean, as well as Harold Rosenwald, both fellow Harvard Law School graduates. McLean played a major role in locating the Hiss family's Woodstock typewriter that later contributed to Hiss' conviction. McLean continued to represent Hiss until he resigned by letter to Hiss on February 3, 1950.[1][2][3][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Federal judicial service

On April 3, 1962, McLean was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by Judge Edward Jordan Dimock. McLean was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 13, 1962, and received his commission on August 24, 1962. McLean served in that capacity until his death on October 12, 1972.[1][2][3][14]

Personal and death

McLean was a Republican, president of the Harvard Law School Association of New York City, and member of the Century Club.[1] McLean married Louise Delabarre Hunter (May 15, 1906 - October 21, 2004). They had two sons, Edward C. McLean Jr. and Alan H. McLean.[1][15][16] McLean died age 68 on October 12, 1972, in New York City as he was entering the United States Court House at Foley Square.[1][2][3]

McLean Jr.

McLean's son, Edward Cochrane McLean, Jr. (1935-2010), also known at Ted McLean, was a litigation lawyer and partner at Chadbourne & Parke.[17][18] He was born on June 23, 1935, and attended Deerfield Academy, Princeton University (BA), and Harvard Law School (1960). He passed the bar in 1961.[17][18] He served six months in the U.S. Army.[18] Then, he became a litigation attorney and partner of Chadbourne & Parke from 1961 (partner, 1968) to 1994.[17][18] Cases he litigated include: Sprayregen v. Livingston Oil Company (1968),[19]Martin Marietta Corp. v. Feder (1970),[20]Crane Co. v. Anaconda Co. (1975),[21]Air Transport Ass'n of America v. Federal Energy Office (1975),[22] Armstrong v. McAlpin (1978),[23] and Seibert v. Sperry Rand (1978)[24][25] McLean served as committee chair on administrative law from 1971 to 1972 for the American Bar Association.[] He served on the New Castle, New York's Planning Board, Conservation Advisory Council, and Conservation Board.[17][18] On November 25, 1961, he married Jennifer Prescott (daughter of book critic Orville Prescott) and had two daughters and a son.[17][18][26]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Edward McLean, A Federal Judge". New York Times. 13 October 1972. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Judge Edward Cochrane McLean". Open Jurist. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "McLean, Edward Cochrane". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "About Us". Debevoise & Plimpton. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Field, Richard H. Papers, 1932, 1942-1978: Finding Aid". Harvard University Library. May 1978. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "United States v. Hiss, 88 F. Supp. 559 (S.D.N.Y. 1950)". Justia. 4 January 1950. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Weinstein, Allen (1 September 2013). Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case. Hoover Press. p. 522. ISBN 9780817912260. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Marbury Jr., William L. (1981). "The Hiss-Chambers Libel Suit". Maryland Law Review. University of Maryland - Francis King Carey School of Law: 85-101. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "In Re Hiss, 542 F. Supp. 973 (S.D.N.Y. 1982)". Court Listener. 15 July 1982. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Berresford, John W. (3 November 2015). "How Alger Hiss Was Framed: The Latest Theory". Social Science Research Network (SSRN): 6-25. SSRN 2685270. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ Salant, Stephe; Theoharis, Athan; Levin, David; Weinstein, Allen (27 May 1976). The Hiss Case: An Exchange. New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Pleads Innocent". Sullivan Daily Times. 16 December 1948. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Danahy, John J. (26 September 2006). "The Alger Hiss Case" (PDF). National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. p. 14. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "The 154 District Judges: Biographies, Writings and Cases". New York Southern District - U.S. District Court. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "McLean, Louise H." New York Times. 24 October 2004. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Louise McLean Obituary". Legacy. 25 October 2004. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ a b c d e "McLean, Edward C." New York Times. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ a b c d e f "Memorial: Edward C. McLean Jr. '57". Princeton University. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Sprayregen v. Livingston Oil Company". Justia. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Martin Marietta Corp. v. Feder". CaseText. 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Crane Co. v. Anaconda Co". Justia. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ "Air Transport Ass'n of America v. Federal Energy Office". Ravel. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ "Armstrong v. McAlpin". Ravel. Retrieved 2017.
  24. ^ "Seibert v. Sperry Rand". Law Resource. Retrieved 2017.
  25. ^ "Seibert v. Sperry Rand". Open Jurist. Retrieved 2017.
  26. ^ "Weddings: Wendy P. Stevens, Thomas McLean". New York Times. 25 June 1995. Retrieved 2017.


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Preceded by
Edward Jordan Dimock

Succeeded by
Richard Owen

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