George W. Wickersham

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George W. Wickersham
47th United States Attorney General
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
President William Howard Taft
Preceded by Charles J. Bonaparte
Succeeded by James C. McReynolds
Personal details
Born George Woodward Wickersham
(1858-09-19)September 19, 1858
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died January 25, 1936(1936-01-25) (aged 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mildred Wendell Wickersham
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Profession Politician, Lawyer

George Woodward Wickersham (September 19, 1858 – January 25, 1936) was an American lawyer and Presidential Cabinet Secretary. He was the father of Cornelius Wendell Wickersham, US Army Brigadier General and Lawyer.


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1883 Wickersham entered the old established law firm of Strong and Cadwalader, and became a partner four years later.

He held the office of Attorney General of the United States from 1909 to 1913, in the administration of President William Howard Taft. From 1914 to 1916, Wickersham served as president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Wickersham was named by Woodrow Wilson to serve on the War Trade Board to Cuba soon after the United States entered World War I. In 1929, Herbert Hoover named him to the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement, the so- called Wickersham Commission.

Wickersham was President of the Council on Foreign Relations from 1933-1936.[1]

Wickersham died in New York City in 1936, and was interred in Brookside Cemetery in Englewood, New Jersey.[2]


Since 1996, the Friends of the Law Library of the Library of Congress have presented an annual award named for Wickersham.


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles J. Bonaparte
U.S. Attorney General
Served under: William Howard Taft

March 4, 1909–March 4, 1913
Succeeded by
James C. McReynolds