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Edward Cochrane McLean

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Name  Edward McLean
Died  October 12, 1972
Education  Harvard Law School

Edward Cochrane McLean (October 16, 1903 – October 12, 1972), also known as Edward C. McLean and Edward C. McLean, Sr., was a 20th-Century American lawyer and federal judge.



Born in Hoosick Falls, New York, McLean received an A.B. from Williams College in 1924 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1929. While at Harvard, he served on the Law Review with Lee Pressman and knew Alger Hiss (both of whom in the mid-1930s became members of the Ware Group, a Soviet underground apparatus run by Whittaker Chambers).


McLean became a deputy assistant district attorney of New York County, New York, from 1935 to 1936.

He was in private practice in New York City from 1943 to 1962 with Debevoise, Plimpton and McLean (currently Debevoise & Plimpton). During that time, McLean served as a member of the defense team for Alger Hiss. The team included Robert von Mehren.

He was a judge on the Probate Court in Darien, Connecticut from 1957 to 1962.

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 Edward J. 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, in 1972.

Personal and death

McLean married Louise Hunter; their child was Edward C. McLean, Jr. (1935–2010).


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