Maryanne Trump Barry

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Maryanne Barry
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
June 30, 2011
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
September 22, 1999 – June 30, 2011
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Lee Sarokin
Succeeded by Patty Shwartz
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
October 7, 1983 – September 22, 1999
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Curtis Meanor
Succeeded by Joel Pisano
Personal details
Born Maryanne Trump
(1937-04-05) April 5, 1937 (age 78)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) David Desmond, Sr.
(m. 1960; div. 1980)[1]
John Barry
(m. 1982)
Relations 4 siblings; including Donald
John Trump (uncle)
Frederick Trump (grandfather)
Elizabeth Christ (grandmother)
Children David Desmond, Jr.
Parents Fred Trump
Mary Anne MacLeod
Alma mater Mount Holyoke College
Columbia University
Hofstra University
Religion Presbyterian

Maryanne Barry (née Trump, formerly Desmond; born April 5, 1937) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


Barry was born in 1937 in New York City, New York, to real-estate developer Fred Trump and Mary MacLeod Trump. She is the older sister of real-estate developer and 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.[2][3]

Barry received her B.A. in Political Science/Government from Mount Holyoke College in 1958,[4] an M.A. from Columbia University in 1962, and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1974.[5] Prior to her service as a judge, she had held other public service positions, having been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.[5]


Barry was nominated by President Ronald Reagan[6] on September 14, 1983, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Henry Curtis Meanor. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 6, 1983, and received her commission the next day.

A Republican, Barry was nominated to be a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Bill Clinton[6] on June 17, 1999, to replace H. Lee Sarokin, who had retired in 1996. President Clinton in 1998 had nominated Robert Raymar to the seat, but that nomination was never given a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Raymar's nomination expired at the end of that year. Clinton chose not to renominate Raymar to the Third Circuit seat during the next congressional term, and elected instead to nominate Barry.

Barry was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on September 13, 1999, and received her commission on September 22, 1999. "I am deeply honored and very grateful for the nomination," Barry told the New Jersey Law Journal in 1999. "I am surprised I was approached on it. I assume that my record is good enough as a district court judge to be reached out to, and I'm glad that politics weren't a priority here."[7]

Barry's reputation on the bench was that of a tough judge with strong command of her courtroom.[6] In 1989, while a district court judge in Essex County, New Jersey, she disapproved a plea bargaining deal that would have freed two county detectives accused of protecting a drug dealer, and forced the case to trial, where the detectives were convicted and received jail terms. She also presided over the conviction of Louis Manna, the Genovese crime family boss accused of plotting to assassinate rival John Gotti.[6]

In January 2006, Barry testified in support of the appointment of fellow Third Circuit Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

On June 30, 2011, Barry assumed senior status and was ultimately succeeded by Judge Patty Shwartz.


In 2004, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court presented Barry with an award, named after Justice O’Connor, that the Seton Hall University School of Law gives to women who excel in law and public service. At the presentation ceremony, Barry said, “I say to the women out there, remember how difficult it was for women like Justice O’Connor starting out,” adding, “Even though she graduated with top grades, she had to take a job as a legal secretary. Remember how far we have come.”[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1960, Barry married David Desmond, a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.[1] They divorced in 1980. In 1982, Barry married John J. Barry, a New Jersey lawyer.[6] Barry has a son by her first marriage, David Desmond, a psychologist.[8][9] Her younger brother is Donald J. Trump.


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Jenna Johnson (11 October 2015). "Donald Trump says his older sister isn’t interested in becoming a Supreme Court judge". Washington Post. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Candlish, Jane (16 May 2015). "Councillor welcomes Trump donation to Western Isles care home". The Press and Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland). Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "At the Bar". The New York Times. 4 December 1992. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "History of the Federal Judiciary". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Horowitz, Jason - "Familiar Talk on Women, From an Unfamiliar Trump", New York Times, August 18, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-22
  7. ^ Eric Muller, "Maryanne Trump Barry: Republican", Is That Legal? (January 14, 2006). Archived September 18, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Lisa Aitken, David Desmond". The New York Times. 31 May 1992. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  9. ^ For son by first marriage, Gwenda Blair, The Trumps, Simon and Schuster, 2015, p. 609.

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Preceded by
Curtis Meanor
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Joel Pisano
Preceded by
Lee Sarokin
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Succeeded by
Patty Shwartz