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Robert M. Morgenthau
The current 2004 District Attorney for New York County.
Robert Morris Morgenthau was born in 1919 in New York. After graduating from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Amherst College, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving for four and a half years, during World War II. He attained the final rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Morgenthau graduated from Yale Law School in 1948 and joined the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap & Webb, becoming a partner in 1954. In 1961, after twelve years of practicing corporate law, Morgenthau accepted an appointment from President John F. Kennedy as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was the Democratic Nominee for Governor of New York in 1962, but was defeated by the incumbent, Nelson Rockefeller
While U.S. Attorney, he established a special unit to investigate securities fraud and prosecuted highly publicized bribery cases against city officials and IRS attorneys and accountants.
In January of 1970, following the election of President Richard M. Nixon, Morgenthau resigned from his post as United States Attorney. He returned to private life until 1974, when he was elected to the office of District Attorney of New York County.
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