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David T. Wilentz, Class of 1917, was the former New Jersey State Attorney General and prosecuted the famed Lindbergh Baby – Hauptmann Trial in 1935. Emigrating from Lithuania in 1895, his family settled in Perth Amboy, N.J. After graduating high school he began commuting into Manhattan to attend night classes at NYLS, taking a leave of absence during World War I to join the US Army, where he obtained the rank of Lieutenant by the war’s end. He returned to NYLS and received his J.D. in 1917, and later his LL.M.. He then went into private practice while joining the New Jersey Democratic Caucus. After his time as Attorney General he continued to practice at his firm Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer


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