Robert H. Knight Collection
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1966 - 2010
- Knight, Robert H., 1919-2006 (Person)
Biographical / Historical
In 1949, he joined Shearman & Sterling, the New York City law firm, becoming partner in 1956. In 1959, during the Eisenhower Administration, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. In 1961, he served as General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury under C. Douglas Dillon. That same year, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy asked Mr. Knight to organize the release of Cubans captured in the Bay of Pigs invasion, by working with U.S. companies to donate baby food and drugs to exchange for the prisoners.
Mr. Knight was indispensable in the global development of Sherman & Sterling. He was head of the firm from 1982 to 1985. He attracted foreign clients, traveled the world, “his vision of the international dimension of the practice of law made him the architect of the law firm that Shearman & Sterling is today.” (Robert H. Knight: A Reflection by Rogan Weerasinghe, see: Robert Knight Remembrance, MSS 2018-04, Box. 1).
He was Deputy Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 1976-1977, and Chairman from 1977-1983. He was member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he served on the board of The Asia Foundation, counsel to United Technologies Corporation; director of the international board of Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation; director of I-Corps, National Leadership Bank, Mercator, Inc., Citizen Exchange Council; and a member of the Intelsat Arbitration Panel. He was a member of the board of directors of International Volunteer Services; British Steel Corporation, and the University of Virginia Law School Foundation. He was a member of the American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, International Bar Association, Inter-American Bar Association, Association of Bar of City of New York, New York County Lawyers Association, International Law Association, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Pilgrims Club, Links Club, World Trade Center Club, River Club (New York City), Army and Navy Club, Metropolitan Club (Washington), Round Hill Club (Greenwich, Connecticut), Ocean Club (Ocean Ridge, Florida), and Farmington Club (Virginia). (https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Robert_H._Knight)
In 1964, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Foundation. In 1971, he became the President of the Law School Foundation, a position he held for 18 years. Under his mandate, the University of Virginia Law School endowment grew considerably, “the support provided by that endowment and by the example that he set is indispensable to the standing of the University of Virginia as a law school of the first rank.” (“Robert H. Knight ’47 A Reflection by Robert Scott,” see: Robert Knight Remembrance, MSS 2018-04, Box. 1).
Mr. Knight died September 28, 2006.
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