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Dwight Whitney Morrow

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MORROW, DWIGHT WHITNEY Ameri can lawyer and diplomat, was born at Huntington, W.Va., on Jan. i s, 1873. He was educated at Amherst (A.B., 1895) and Columbia (LL.B., 1899), and in 1899 entered the employ of the law firm of Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett. In 1905 he became a member of the firm and soon won a reputation in the organizing and financing of corporations. His many services brought him to the attention of J. P. Morgan and Co., in which firm he became a partner in 1914. His position with this firm during the World War period and after, when there were financial matters of great national and international import under negotiation, gave him wide experience and high standing. He was appointed by President Wilson adviser to the Allied Maritime Transport Council in 1918, and his work in connection with military shipping won him the Distinguished Service Medal in 1919. He was retained by Gen.

Pershing for a time at Chaumont as his chief civil aid. In 1925 he was appointed chairman of the president's aircraft board. He was also active in charitable work and prison reform, his report as chairman of the Prison Inquiry Committee of New Jersey in 1917 resulting in a radical revision of penal legislation in that State. In Sept. 1927 he was appointed by President Coolidge ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Mexico. His friendly spirit and tactful negotiations resulted almost immediately in better relations between the two countries and in the settlement of controversies over oil properties. He was retained in his posi tion by President Hoover. He was one of the American delegates to, and played an influential part in, the Conference which resulted in the London Naval Treaty of 193o. He died Oct. 5, 1931.