Edward B. Burling

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Edward B. Burling
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Born Edward Burnham Burling
(1870-02-01)February 1, 1870
Eldora, Iowa
Died September 3, 1966(1966-09-03) (aged 96)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard Law School
Grinnell College
Occupation Lawyer
Employer Covington & Burling
Known for founder of Covington & Burling

Edward Burnham Burling (February 1, 1870 – September 3, 1966)[1] was a prominent American lawyer and the name partner of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Covington & Burling.[2] He grew up in Eldora, Iowa and worked in a grocery store at age eleven, and went on to Grinnell College and then to Harvard Law School. After graduation, he returned to the Midwest to practice in Chicago for almost 25 years.

Later he came to Washington as general counsel for the United States Shipping Board where he was introduced to Harry Covington. They established the law firm on January 1, 1919.

In the 1940s, Burling was one of the core group brought together by Paul Nitze and Christian Herter to establish the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Burling served on the School's Advisory Council until his death in 1966.[3] The Chair of International Law and Organizations is named after him since 1972.[4]

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  • Goulden, Joseph C. (1971). The Superlawyers: The Small and Powerful World of the Great Washington Law Firms. New York: Weybright and Talley. 


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