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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601602

Francis T.P. (Francis Taylor Pearsons) Plimpton


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.


  • Creation: 1923-1976

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1 collection (1 box and 2 Paige boxes)

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.

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, 15th-19th 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


  1. Magazine articles
  2. Contributing editor: As We Knew Adlai (1965)

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


Student notebooks, 1922-1925, 2 paige boxes.

  1. (1) Agency
  2. (2) Bills and Notes
  3. (3) Civil Procedure
  4. (4) Conflict of Laws
  5. (5) Contracts [Samuel Williston]
  6. (6) Corporations
  7. (7) Criminal Law [Roscoe Pound or Felix Frankfurter] Notes on Jurisprudence reading, pp. 119ff
  8. (8) Equity II
  9. (9) Equity III [Zechariah Chafee, Jr.]
  10. (10) Evidence
  11. (11) Future Interests
  12. (12) Jurisprudence [Roscoe Pound?]
  13. (13) Liability; Constitutional Law
  14. (14) Property I [Warren]
  15. (15) Property II
  16. (16) Public Utilities [Beale or Frankfurter]
  17. (17) Sales [used Williston's book]
  18. (18) Torts [M.O. Hudson]
  19. (19) Trusts [Scott?]

Processing Information

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn, January, 1984.


Plimpton, Francis T. P. (Francis Taylor Pearsons). Papers, 1923-1976: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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