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Frederic René Coudert Jr.

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Frederic René Coudert Jr.
Frederic R. Coudert, Jr.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1959
Preceded byJoseph C. Baldwin
Succeeded byJohn Lindsay
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 20th district
In office
Preceded byAlexander A. Falk
Succeeded byMacNeil Mitchell
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 17th district
In office
Preceded byLeon A. Fischel
Succeeded byRobert S. Bainbridge
Personal details
BornMay 7, 1898 (1898-05-07)
New York City, New York
DiedMay 21, 1972 (1972-05-22) (aged 74)
New York City, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Callery
Paula Murray
Alma materColumbia University
Columbia Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1917–1918
RankFirst lieutenant
Unit105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division
Battles/warsWorld War I

Frederic René Coudert Jr. (May 7, 1898 – May 21, 1972) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from New York from 1947 to 1959 though better known for his role in New York's Rapp-Coudert Committee.


Coudert was born in New York City on May 7, 1898 to Frederic René Coudert (1871-1955). He attended the Browning and Morristown Schools in New York City, then graduated from Columbia University in 1918. He joined the Army for World War I, and served as a First Lieutenant in the 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, with overseas service, in 1917 and 1918.

Coudert graduated from Columbia Law School in 1922, was admitted to the bar in 1923 and commenced practice in New York City. He served as an assistant United States attorney for the southern district of New York in 1924 and 1925.


Coudert was unsuccessful as a Republican candidate for district attorney of New York County in 1929, but was a delegate to the Republican State conventions from 1930 to 1948 and the Republican National Conventions from 1936 to 1948.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1939 to 1946, sitting in the 162nd, 163rd, 164th and 165th New York State Legislatures.

He was elected as a Republican to the 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th and 85th United States Congresses, holding office from January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1959. Coudert voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.[1]

He was a member of The New York Young Republican Club.[2]

Post-congressional career

He continued his practice of law in New York City, and was also a member of the State Commission on Governmental Operations of New York City from 1959 to 1961. Coudert was an outspoken conservative and endorsed William F. Buckley's 1965 Conservative campaign for the New York City mayoralty over liberal Republican Congressman John Lindsay.

Retirement and death

He retired due to ill health, and died in New York City on May 21, 1972. He is buried at Memorial Cemetery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York.


In 1923 he married the sculptor Mary Callery. They had one daughter. The marriage had ended in divorce by 1930. He married Paula Murray on October 27, 1931, in New York City. He had two children in his second marriage.

See also


  1. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957".
  2. ^ "History". Retrieved Apr 13, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Leon A. Fischel
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 17th district

Succeeded by
Robert S. Bainbridge
Preceded by
Alexander A. Falk
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 20th district

Succeeded by
MacNeil Mitchell
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph C. Baldwin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
John V. Lindsay
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