Howard Francis Corcoran

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Howard Francis Corcoran (January 25, 1906 – May 11, 1989) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Corcoran received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1928 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1931. He served in the United States Department of Agriculture from 1933 to 1934, worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority from 1934 to 1935, an was a legal associate for the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1935 to 1938. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1938 to 1943, and was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 1943. He then served in the United States Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. After the war, he entered private practice in New York City from 1946 to 1954, and then in Washington, D.C. until 1965.

On March 1, 1965, Corcoran was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, vacated by Charles F. McLaughlin. Corcoran was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 11, 1965, and received his commission the same day. He assumed senior status on November 30, 1977, serving in that capacity until his death, in Washington, D.C.

After the brazen public murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer in the summer of 1965, Judge Corcoran ruled that the victim's private life and connections to John F. Kennedy could not be disclosed in the courtroom. The alleged perpetrator was quickly acquitted.[1]


  1. ^ Washington Post, "Murder on the Canal"', 13 October 1998