Warren W. Wilentz

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Warren W. Wilentz (March 29, 1924 - March 18, 2010[1]) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician from New Jersey. He was the son of New Jersey Attorney General David T. Wilentz, who prosecuted Bruno Hauptmann in the Lindbergh kidnapping trial, and the brother of New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Wilentz.

Wilentz was born in 1924 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to David and Lena (Goldman) Wilentz. He attended University of Virginia and New York University, and he received an LL.B from Rutgers University in 1949. He served as Prosecuting Attorney for Middlesex County from 1956 to 1960 and County Attorney from 1960 to 1967. He also became a partner of the Woodbridge firm founded by his father, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer.[2]

In 1966 Wilentz was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate to oppose Republican incumbent Clifford P. Case. He was recruited after several other potential candidates, including former New Jersey Governor Robert Meyner, declined to run. Wilentz was soundly defeated by a margin of 60%-37%.[3]

Wilentz was paralyzed in an automobile collision in December 2002. He received treatment at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey.[4]


  1. ^ "Warren W. Wilentz Obituary". Star-Ledger. Star-Ledger. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Lawyer Profile: Warren W. Wilentz, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. Accessed on June 8, 2008.
  3. ^ "The nomination no one wanted", PolitickerNJ.com, June 12, 2007. Accessed June 8, 2008.
  4. ^ " A Glimpse At the Bench From the Inside". The New York Times, February 2, 2003. Accessed June 8, 2008.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Thorn Lord
Democratic Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 2) from New Jersey
Succeeded by
Paul J. Krebs