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Asa P. French

Born: Jan 29, 1860

Death: Sep 17, 1938

Birthplace: Braintree

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Asa P. French

Date of Birth : Jan 29, 1860
Date of Death : Sep 17, 1938
Birth Place : Braintree

Asa Palmer French was an American attorney who served as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1906 to 1914. French was born on January 29, 1860. His father was a Commissioner of the Court of Alabama Claims. In 1882 French graduated from Yale University, where he served on the tenth editorial board of The Yale Record and was a member of Skull and Bones. He subsequently studied law at Boston University. In 1896 he came to prominence as court appointed junior counsel for Thomas M. Bram, who was tried for a triple axe murder committed on the high seas. From 1901 to 1906 French was the District Attorney for the Southeastern District of Massachusetts. In 1905 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Massachusetts Attorney General. In 1906 he was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. He was re-appointed by President William Howard Taft in 1910 and remained U.S. Attorney until 1 November 1914 when he resigned to enter private practice.


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