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Taylor, Telford

Born: 1908 AD
Died: 1998 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: General, Lawyers

1908 – Born in Schenectady, New Yorkon the 28th of February.

1928 – Taylor went to Williams College before enrolling at the Harvard Law School.

1932 – He received his law degree.

1940 – He became general counsel for the FCC.

1942 – He joined Army Intelligence as a major.

1943 – He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

1944 – He was promoted to full Colonel, when he was assigned to the team of Robert H. Jackson, which helped work out the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal, the legal basis for the Nuremberg Trials.

1946 – Taylor was promoted to Brigadier General and succeeded him on the 17th of October as Chief Counsel for the remaining twelve trials before the U.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunals.

1950 – The United Nations codified the most important statements from these trials in the seven Nuremberg Principles.

1955 – He remained unimpressed by McCarthy’s attacks on him and responded by writing the book Grand Inquest: The Story of Congressional Investigations.

1961 – Taylor attended the Eichmann trial in Israel as a semi-official observer and expressed concerns about the trial being held on a defective statute.

1962 – Taylor became a full professor at Columbia University.

1970 – He published his views in a book entitled Nuremberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy.

1971 – He was very critical of the conduct of the U.S. troops in the Vietnam War and urged president Richard Nixon to set up a national commission to investigate the conflict.

1972 – He considered the bombing of Hanoi, "senseless and immoral" and heavily criticized the court-martial of Lt. William Calley for not including higher-ranking officials.

1972 – He visited Hanoi together with Joan Baez and others, amongst them also the associate dean of the Yale Law School.

1974 – He would be named Nash Professor of Law.

1976 – Taylor, who had already been a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale, also accepted a post as professor at the Cardozo School of Law at the Yeshiva University, becoming a founding member of the faculty while continuing to teach at Columbia.

1979 – His book Munich: The Price of Peace won the National Book Critics Circle Award for the "best work of general nonfiction".

1980 – He extended his legal activities into sports and became a "special master" for dispute resolution in the NBA.

1992 – His 700 page memoir of the Nuremberg trials revealed how Goering "cheated the hangman" by obtaining poison.

1994 – Telford Taylor retired.

1998 – Died on the 23rd of May at the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan after having suffered a stroke.