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Henry Stone


Henry Stone was born on February 8, 1908 in New York City. He was married in 1944 to Babette Rosmond and they had two children, James Martin and Eugene Robert. Stone attended the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained his B.A. in 1929, and Columbia University, where he received his law degree in 1932, after starting his legal education at Harvard Law School. He also did postgraduate work at Harvard University Law School (1929-1930). He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1942.

Stone practiced law in New York City with Hays, Podell & Shulman (1932-1934), and was then in solo practice from 1934 to 1939 when he became an associate with Root, Clark, Buckner & Ballatine. He left the Ballatine firm to again take up solo practice, which focused on family, matrimonial, and probate law. He was also associated with the firm, Stone, Malone, Driver & McNeill. He lived in New York City.

Stone ran for the state assembly in 1932 and thereafter worked for the state legislature.

Stone is listed in Who's Who in America (3rd ed.), as a "lawyer, poet." [Henry Stone's obituary appears in the New York Times, January 16, 1998, p. 11.]


Henry Stone, The Fig in Winter (Philadelphia: Eagle Rock, 1974)(18 leaves of plates; etchings by Sara Reid-Plumb)

[Note: We learned of Stone's poetry by way of Daniel J. Kornstein, The Double Life of Wallace Stevens: Is Law Ever the "Necessary Angel" of Creative Art?, 41 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 1187 (1997)(required reading for anyone interest in Wallace Stevens and the double life we so commonly attribute to lawyer poets).]