Frederic René Coudert Sr.

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Frederic Coudert
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Personal details
Born Frederic René Coudert Sr.
(1832-03-01)March 1, 1832
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died December 20, 1903(1903-12-20) (aged 71)
Washington, D. C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Columbia University (BA)

Frederic René Coudert Sr. (March 1, 1832 in New York City – December 20, 1903 in Washington, D. C.) was an American lawyer with Coudert Brothers. He was of French descent.


His father Charles Coudert was French, and left France in 1824.[1] Frederic graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1850, and on his majority was admitted to practice in the courts. He became a leader of the Bar.

During the controversy concerning American and British seal fisheries in the Bering Sea, and in the controversy concerning the disputed boundary between Venezuela and British Guiana (see Guayana Esequiba), he acted as legal adviser for the United States Government. He was uniquely qualified for the position, being fluent in French, English, Italian and Spanish; he was also gifted with a ready and caustic wit.

He consented in 1876 to visit Louisiana for the purpose of urging the Returning Board to act justly, respecting election returns which were to determine the presidential succession. In 1892 and again in 1893 he was a prominent opponent of the courses taken by his own political party.

He declined the Russian mission, a judgeship of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, and a justiceship of the Supreme Court of the United States. He accepted (as the only public office he ever held) unsalaried membership in the Board of Education of the City of New York. From 1889 to 1899, he was president of the Manhattan Club, a social club of prominent members of the Democratic Party.[2]


  1. ^ Coudert Brothers – Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on Coudert Brothers at
  2. ^ History of the Manhattan Club: A Narrative of the Activities of Half a Century By Henry Watterson (New York, 1915)


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Frederick René Coudert". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.  The entry cites:
    • Addresses by Frederic H. Coudert (New York and London, 1905);
    • Annual Reports of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (New York, 1905);
    • U. S. Cath. Hist. Soc. Records and Studies