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Lilienthal, David Eli

in American National Biography Online


Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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attorney and government official, was born in Morton, Illinois, the son of Leo Lilienthal, a merchant, and Minnie (or Minna) Rosenak, who were both Czech immigrants. After attending local public schools, Lilienthal studied at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, receiving a bachelor’s degree and election to Phi Beta Kappa in 1920. In college he also excelled as a light heavyweight boxer, developing a skill he had been taught as a teenager. That fall he entered Harvard Law School, where the teachings of one of his professors, Felix Frankfurter, later a U.S. Supreme Court justice, encouraged Lilienthal’s interest in the conservation of natural resources.

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