Paul F. Markham

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Paul F. Markham
United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Wendell Arthur Garrity Jr.
Succeeded by Herbert F. Travers, Jr.
Personal details
Born c. 1931 (age 85–86)[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater Villanova University
Boston University School of Law
Occupation Attorney

Paul F. Markham (born c. 1931) is an American attorney who served as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1966 to 1969.

Early life[edit]

Markham attended Georgetown Preparatory School, Villanova University, and Boston University School of Law.[2][3] He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1958.[2] He worked at the personal injury firm of Badger, Parrish before joining the Small Business Administration.[3]

United States Attorney's office[edit]

In 1963 Markham was appointed by United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. When Wendell Arthur Garrity Jr. accepted a judgeship on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1966, Markham succeeded him as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. He remained a U.S. Attorney until 1969 when he resigned to work in private practice.[3]

Chappaquiddick incident[edit]

Markham was present on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, on the night leading up to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. According to the testimony of Ted Kennedy, after the accident, he, Markham, and Joseph Gargan returned to the waterway to try to rescue Kopechne.[4] Markham testified that Kennedy was sobbing and on the verge of becoming crazed.[5] The next day Gargan and Markham joined Kennedy at his hotel where they had a "heated conversation" over the fact that Kennedy had not reported the accident.[6]

After Kopechne's body was discovered, Kennedy dictated a statement to Markham which was then given to the police.[6]


  1. ^ Kennedy Friend Withdraws Candidacy for Judgeship; Left Party With Aide Refused to Discuss Meeting
  2. ^ a b "Paul F. Markham". LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Hersh, Burton (2010). Edward Kennedy: An Intimate Biography. Berkeley, California: Counterpoint Press. pp. 349–350. ISBN 9781582436289. 
  4. ^ Bly, Nellie (1996). The Kennedy Men: Three Generations of Sex, Scandal, and Secrets. New York: Kensington Books. ISBN 1-57566-106-3. 
  5. ^ Boyle, James (1970). Inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Edgartown, MA: Edgartown District Court. 
  6. ^ a b Damore, Leo (1989). Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Cover-up. New York: Dell Publishing. ISBN 0-440-20416-X.