Notes for RICHARD J CONGLETON, SR:
Son of Jerome Taylor and Jessie Oakley (Tobin) Congleton, SR.
Born: July 24, 1905 in Newark, Essex COunty, New Jersey.
Died: January 26, 1976 in Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia.
Last Residence: Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida.
Married: (1) Margaret Hedden Before 1968 in Unknown.
(2) Melba Coutsonikas January 20, 1968 in Unknown.
Dick Congleton graduated from Princeton University and Rugers Law School. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association in 1931 and the Washington, D.C. Bar in 1969. He served in the United States Air Force from 1942-1946. He married a second time after the death of his first wife. His second wife, Melba, died on Thanksgiving Day, 2000. He was a mover and a shaker. The New Jersey Republican Party considered nominating him for governor in thre 1950's, but he declined. He was doing quite well as the Senior Vice President Legal for Prudential Insurance. He later became the chief lobbyist in both Trenton and Washington, D.C. for both Prudential and the Equitable Life Assurance Companies. He was a lifelong friend of United States Supreme Court Justice William Bennan. It was Richard and his wife Marty who presented Justice Brennan with his robes at the ceremony in the Supreme Court building in the fall of 1956. Justice Brennan, after graduating from law school, came to Jerome Taylor Congleton for a job. He was told that his firm was too small to take on another lawyer but he secured Justice Brennan's first job with a private firm. Brennan later became a state judge and was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the U.S. Supreme Court.