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Carter, Eunice Hunton (1899–1970)

Carter, Eunice Hunton (1899–1970)

African-American lawyer. Born Eunice Hunton, July 16, 1899, in Atlanta, Georgia; died Jan 25, 1970, in New York, NY; dau. of William Alphaeus Hunton (national executive with YMCA) and Addie Waites Hunton; Smith College, AB and AM, 1921; attended Columbia University; m. Lisle Carter (Barbados-born dentist), 1924 (died 1963); children: Lisle Jr. (b. 1925).

Worked with family service organizations (1921–32); graduated in law from Fordham University (1932) and admitted to NY bar (1934); ran unsuccessfully for NY state assembly (1934); appointed secretary of Committee on Conditions in Harlem (1935); serving on staff of Thomas E. Dewey, was the only woman and only black involved with the grand jury investigation into organized crime and was recognized for producing crucial evidence in the case against Lucky Luciano (1935); served as deputy assistant district attorney for NY County (1935–45); returned to private practice (1945); was charter member, legal adviser, and chair of board of trustees of National Council of Negro Women (NCNW); represented NCNW at founding conference of UN (1945); was accredited NCNW observer at UN (until 1952); was adviser for women in public life for German government (1954); retired from active law practice (1952); chaired International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations at UN's Geneva conference (1955).

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