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David T. Wilentz
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  David T. Wilentz was born in Dwinsk, Latvia on December 21, 1894. He attended local public schools and graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1912. He studied law at New York Law School (LL.B.), where he graduated in 1917. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1919. Following his studies, he served in the Army during World War I, where he received an honorable discharge as a lieutenant.
  He was appointed City Attorney of Perth Amboy in 1928 and, in the same year, became chairman of the Middlesex County Democratic Party. On February 5, 1934 Wilentz was appointed New Jersey Attorney General by Governor A. Harry Moore. While serving as Attorney General, Wilentz made the largest mark of his career by prosecuting the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case. For most of his political career, he was at the helm of Wilentz, Goldman, and Spitzer, which was the law firm he founded in Perth Amboy in 1950.
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