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OGC Key Personnel Archive - 1937-1939 and 1940-1947

Former General Counsel Jack B. Tate

Former General Counsel Jack B. Tate

General Counsel, Social Security Board, 1937-1939, Federal Security Agency, 1940-1947

Yale Law School, 1926
University of Tennessee, 1924

Served in the Roosevelt Administration
Served under Administrator Arthur Joseph Altmeyerand
Secretaries Watson Miller and Paul McNutt

Jack Tate served as the General Counsel to the Social Security Board from 1937to 1939 and to the Board's successor, the Federal Security Agency from 1940 to 1947.

Prior to serving as General Counsel to the Social Security Board, Mr. Tate served as Division Counsel and as Division Administrator to the National Recovery Administration as well as an Assistant Legal Adviser to the State Department.

After his tenure at the Federal Security Agency, Mr. Tate returned to the Department of State as deputy legal adviser where he served as the Alternate United States Delegate to the Ninth International Conference of American States at Bogota,Columbia, in 1948. From 1949 to 1951, Mr. Tate was a legal adviser to the United States Delegation to the United Nations.

Mr. Tate is remembered among practicing lawyers as the author of the State Department letter to the Attorney General in 1952 that decided the United States would modify its rule of immunity for foreign sovereigns when they were sued in this county. It also provided that the governments of other countries could be sued here on commercial transactions. The "Tate letter" as it has become known as remains a landmark in customary international law.

Tate was appointed as the Associate Dean and Professor of Law at the Yale law School in 1954. The Jack B. Tate Memorial Fund was established in 1968 in his memory.

Presented for archival purposes. Current as of November 25, 2002.

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