Frank Hogan

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Frank Smithwick Hogan
District Attorney of New York County
In office
Preceded by Thomas E. Dewey
Succeeded by Richard H. Kuh
Constituency New York County, New York
Personal details
Born ( 1902 -01-17)January 17, 1902
Waterbury, Connecticut
Died April 2, 1974(1974-04-02) (aged 72)
New York City, New York
Alma mater

Columbia College, Columbia University, 1924

Columbia Law School, 1928

Frank Smithwick Hogan (January 17, 1902 – April 2, 1974) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was New York County District Attorney for more than 30 years, during which he achieved a reputation for professionalism and integrity.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hogan was born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut. He studied at Columbia College, Columbia University as an undergraduate and subsequently graduated from Columbia Law School. Hogan was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Columbia.[2]


Hogan served as Administrative Assistant District Attorney under his predecessor, Thomas E. Dewey, and was elected District Attorney in 1941. During his time in the New York County District Attorney's Office, Hogan conducted many widely publicized investigations. Corruption and racketeering were high on his list. Concerning itself with both innocence and guilt, street crime and high-profile cases, the Hogan administration molded itself a national reputation based on resourcefulness, objectivity, and honesty.

Through the Knapp Commission, Hogan took on police corruption. In the late 1950s, his office was involved with investigating the rigging of television quiz programs, as well as the regulation of 'fixed' college basketball games. He prosecuted the well known Lenny Bruce obscenity case. Another high-profile case involved the exoneration of George Whitmore, Jr. in 1963 after his confession regarding the murder of two women in their upper east side Manhattan apartment was found to be false.

In 1958, he ran on the Democratic and Liberal tickets for U.S. Senator from New York but was defeated by Republican Kenneth B. Keating.

Hogan served on the Board of Trustees of Columbia University from 1959 until his death in 1974.[3]

After suffering a stroke on August 10, 1973, Hogan resigned on December 26. He died of cancer at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan on April 2, 1974.[1]


The street address of the main office of the New York County District Attorney bears the name, called One Hogan Place in his honor. Hogan Hall, a dormitory at Columbia University, is also named for him.


  1. ^ a b "Hogan, District Attorney 32 Years, Dies". New York Times. April 3, 1974. Retrieved 2013-11-29. Frank S. Hogan, the shy, courteous lawyer who became a legend in 32 years as Manhattan's District Attorney, died yesterday at St. Luke's Hospital. Mr. Hogan was 72 years old and lived at 404 Riverside Drive. 
  2. ^ Collins, Glenn (10 April 1981). "Columbia fraternities revive a rite of Spring". New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  3. ^ McDaniel, Shawn (1 November 1977). "Crowd crams Ferris Booth for Hogan Hall dedication". Columbia Daily Spectator (vCIIn34). Retrieved 14 February 2016. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas E. Dewey
New York County District Attorney
Succeeded by
Richard Kuh
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Cashmore
Democratic Nominee for the
U.S. Senate from New York (Class 1)

Succeeded by
Robert F. Kennedy