George Tuttle Brokaw

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For the American football player, see George Tuttle.

George Tuttle Brokaw (November 14, 1879 – May 28, 1935) was an American lawyer and sportsman.

He was born in the Elberon section of Long Branch, New Jersey, a son of Isaac Vail Brokaw, who with his brother, William, owned the New York City-based Brokaw Brothers clothing stores from 1856 until his death in 1914.

As the eldest child, George inherited the right to live for life in the Brokaw Mansion at 1 East 79th Street in Manhattan, and later fought with his brother, Howard C. Brokaw, over his plans to demolish the mansion.[citation needed]

Marriages and family[edit]

Brokaw's first wife was writer Clare Boothe (later Clare Boothe Luce), whom he married on August 10, 1923 in Greenwich, Conn. Their daughter Ann Clare Brokaw was born in 1924. According to Boothe, Brokaw was an abusive alcoholic, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1929.[1]

On January 10, 1931, Brokaw married Frances Ford Seymour in a small New York City wedding.[2] Brokaw and Seymour had a daughter Frances de Villers Brokaw (October 10, 1931 – March 10, 2008).[3] After Brokaw died in 1935, Seymour married actor Henry Fonda in 1936; the couple had two children, Jane and Peter.


His elder brother Irving Brokaw was a national ice skating champion and competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics, finishing fourth in the men's competition.


Educated in the Cutler School; then Princeton University (1902, BA) and New York Law School (LLB, 1911); he was admitted to the bar in 1912. Brokaw's legal education (LLM) came from the University of Toledo College of Law. He was first in his class, graduating in 1906. Toledo Law's weekly newspaper is still named after him: Toledo's Brokaw Edition. There is a portrait in the Brokaw Edition's office.


  1. ^ "Clare Boothe Luce Dies at 84: Playwright, Politician, Envoy", The New York Times, October 10, 1987. Accessed November 28, 2007.
  2. ^ "Frances Seymour Weds G.T. Brokaw", The New York Times, January 11, 1931. Accessed August 2, 2009.
  3. ^ "Daughter to Mrs. George T. Brokaw", The New York Times, October 12, 1931. Accessed August 2, 2009.