Asa P. French
|Asa P. French|
|United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts|
|Preceded by||Melvin O. Adams|
|Succeeded by||George Weston Anderson|
January 29, 1860|
|Died||September 17, 1935
|Resting place||Central Cemetery, Randolph, Massachusetts|
|Spouse(s)||Elisabeth Ambrose Wales|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Asa Palmer French (January 29, 1860 - September 17, 1935) 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 (and ultimately convicted, then pardoned) 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.
In 1916 he testified before the United States Senate during the confirmation hearings of United States Supreme Court nominee Louis Brandeis. Of Brandeis, French said: "Mr. Brandeis has, in my experience, the reputation of being a man of integrity, a man of honor, a man who is conscientiously striving for what he believes to be right".
In 1920 he was a counsel for the complainants in a $150,000,000 suit against William Rockefeller and other former directors of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. He split a fee of more than $800,000 with four other lawyers.
French died on November 17, 1935.
- "French, Asa Palmer". PoliticalGraveyard.com. The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- Nomination of Louis D. Brandeis: hearings before the subcommittee of the Committee on the judiciary, United States Senate, sixty-fourth Congress, first session, on the nominationof Louis D. Brandeis to be an associate justice of the Supreme court of the United States. 1916. pp. 769–770.
- Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1935-1936, New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1935/6, pp. 23–4
- "Asa Palmer French, Leader of Bar, Dies", The New York Times (New York, New York), 18 September 1935
- "Record Editors". The Yale Banner. New Haven: Thomas Penney and G. D. Pettee. 1877. p. 182.
- Speech of Dist. Atty. Asa P. French: candidate for the Republican nomination for attorney general, at the summer outing of the Norfolk Club, Hotel Pemberton, Hull, 15 July 1905. 1905.
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