George Tuttle Brokaw

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George Tuttle Brokaw
Born November 14, 1879
Elberon, New Jersey, U.S.
Died May 28, 1935(1935-05-28) (aged 55)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater Princeton University
New York Law School
University of Toledo College of Law
Occupation Lawyer, sportsman
Spouse(s) Clare Boothe
(m. 1923; div. 1929)

Frances Ford Seymour
(m. 1931; his death 1935)
Children Ann Clare Brokaw
Frances de Villers Brokaw
Parent(s) Isaac Vail Brokaw
Elvira Tuttle Gould
Relatives Irving Brokaw (brother)

George Tuttle Brokaw (November 14, 1879 – May 28, 1935) was an American lawyer and sportsman.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6][7]


Educated in the Cutler School; then Princeton University, graduating in 1902 with a BA, and New York Law School, graduating in 1911 with a LLB. He was admitted to the bar in 1912 and continued his legal education with an LLM degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, where he was first in his class, graduating in 1906.[1] Toledo Law's weekly newspaper is still named after him: Toledo's Brokaw Edition. There is a portrait in the Brokaw Edition's office.

Personal life[edit]

On August 10, 1923, Brokaw married the writer, Clare Boothe (1903–1987) in Greenwich, Connecticut.[8] According to Boothe, Brokaw was an abusive alcoholic, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1929.[9] Together, they were the parents of:[10]

On January 10, 1931, Brokaw married Frances Ford Seymour (1908–1950) in a small New York City wedding.[12] Together, Brokaw and Seymour had a daughter:

  • Frances de Villers Brokaw (1931–2008).[13]

Brokaw died in 1935.[1] After his death, Seymour married actor Henry Fonda in 1936; the couple had two children, Jane and Peter Fonda.


  1. ^ a b c "George T. Brokaw, Lawyer, Dies at 55. Victim of Heart Attack After Illness of a Year. Retired Member of Firm Here". New York Times. May 30, 1935. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  2. ^ "ISAAC V. BROKAW DEAD.; Head of Brokaw Brothers Was Pioneer New York Merchant". The New York Times. 30 September 1913. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Brokaw Heirs Get Estate In Trust. Realty and Stock to Wife and Sons and Daughter, to Go to Their Children". New York Times. October 18, 1913. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  4. ^ "Irving Brokaw, 69, Noted Skater, Dies. National Champion in Figure Skating in 1908, Introduced 'International' Style Here. He Was Also An Artist. Had a Painting in Luxembourg Gallery. Member of Old New York Family". New York Times. March 20, 1939. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  5. ^ "['93]". Princeton Alumni Weekly Vol. XXXIX, No. 24. princeton alumni weekly: 558. 1938. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Ennis, Thomas W. (17 September 1964). "Landmark Mansion on 79th St. to Be Razed". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "G.T. BROKAW WINS SUIT TO RAZE HOME; Referee Koenig Recommends Tearing Down of 5th Av. Family Mansion for Apartments. FAVORS $800,000 MORTGAGE Petitioner Hails Decision as a Victory for Him and His Sister -- Brothers Fought Action". The New York Times. 9 May 1926. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Morris, Sylvia Jukes (May 1997). "The Story of Clare Boothe Brokaw". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  9. ^ Krebs, Albin (10 October 1987). "Clare Boothe Luce Dies at 84: Playwright, Politician, Envoy". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "WIFE OF G.T. BROKAW SEEKS RENO DIVORCE; In Visit to San Francisco She Calls Second Recent Court Action of Family "Unfortunate."". The New York Times. 29 March 1929. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "ANN BROKAW DIES IN AUTO COLLISION; Daughter of Clare Boothe Luce, Student at Leland Stanford, Had Just Left Mother". The New York Times. January 12, 1944. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "FRANCES SEYMOUR WEDS G.T. BROKAW; Lawyer's Bride a Former New Yorker, Who Recently Resided in Fairhaven, Mass.A QUIET CEREMONY HERE Both Bride and Bridegroom Are Members of Colonial Familiesof This City". The New York Times. January 11, 1931. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Daughter to Mrs. George T. Brokaw". The New York Times. 12 October 1931. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 

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