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About James B. Donovan

Born in New York City in 1916, James B. Donovan graduated from Fordham University and Harvard Law School. A commander in the Navy during World War II, he became General Counsel of the Office of Strategic Services and was Associate Prosecutor at the principal Nuremberg trial. Mr. Donovan subsequently acted as chief counsel in major trials and appeals in over thirty states, and was an insurance lawyer and partner at Watters and Donovan. He was defense counsel to Colonel Rudolf Abel, subsequently negotiating for his exchange with American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.  He was Democratic candidate for United States Senator from New York in 1962; served as General Counsel for the Cuban Families Committee, obtaining the release of more than 9,700 Cubans and Americans from Castro’s Cuba;Íž was President of Pratt Institute; and was President of the Board of Education of the City of New York. He died in 1970, and was survived by his wife and four children.