Oral history interview with Cleveland C. Cory

Oral history interview with Cleveland C. Cory [Sound Recording 01] Oral history interview with Cleveland C. Cory [Sound Recording 02] Oral history interview with Cleveland C. Cory [Sound Recording 03]

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SR 1205

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Oral history interview with Cleveland C. Cory


  • 1990 - 1991 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet 2 audiocassettes (1 hr., 6 min., 37 sec.)

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Cleveland Cady Cory was born in 1918 and grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Yale in 1943 and joined the Davis & Polk firm in New York City, where his clients included Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor. In 1948, he and Jean Crenshaw were married; they later had six children. In 1949, he moved to Oregon, where he joined a law firm in Portland now known as Stoel Rives. He died in 1991.

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The first part of this oral history interview with Cleveland Cory was conducted by George Fraser at Cory's home on the Willamette River on June 19, 1990. In this interview, Cory discusses his family background and early life in Englewood, New Jersey. He then discusses his college experience, including attending Yale Law School from 1940 to 1943. He then talks about working for the Davis & Polk law firm in New York, including representing Prince Edward, the Duke of Windsor, as well as various railroads. He then discusses relocating to Oregon in 1949 and his reasons for doing so, including seeking an improved quality of life and the difficulty of becoming a partner at a New York law firm. He talks about his career at a law firm in Portland, now known as Stoel Rives, including many of the cases he tried. He also briefly discusses his renowned memory for cases.

The second part of the interview was recorded at the Crestview Convalescent Home in Portland, Oregon, where Cory was recovering from a broken shoulder. No date is given. The sound quality is very poor. Cory and Fraser further discuss Cory's early employment in Portland.

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright held by the estate of Cleveland C. Cory. In Copyright: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Cleveland C. Cory, by George Fraser, SR 1205, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Forms part of the United States District Court Oral History Project.

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Incomplete transcript (17 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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