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John Francis Carew (April 16, 1873 – April 10, 1951) was a U.S. Representative from New York, nephew of Thomas Francis Magner.

John Francis Carew
John F. Carew.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
March 4, 1913 – December 28, 1929
Preceded byHenry George, Jr.
Succeeded byMartin J. Kennedy
Constituency17th district (1913–19)
18th district (1919–29)
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the New York County, 24th district
In office
January 1, 1904 – December 31, 1904
Preceded byLeo P. Ulmann
Succeeded byJames J. Nugent
Personal details
Born(1873-04-16)April 16, 1873
Brooklyn, New York
DiedApril 10, 1951(1951-04-10) (aged 77)
Rockville Centre, New York
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materColumbia College
Columbia Law School
OccupationAttorney, Judge

Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, Carew attended the public schools of Brooklyn and New York City and the College of the City of New York. He graduated from Columbia College in 1893 and from Columbia Law School in New York City in 1896. He was admitted to the bar in 1897 and thereafter practiced law in New York City. Carew was a member of the New York State Assembly (New York Co., 24th D.) in 1904. He was a delegate to the Democratic State Conventions held from 1912 to 1924, and a delegate to the 1912 and 1924 Democratic National Conventions.

Carew was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the eight succeeding Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1913, until his resignation on December 28, 1929, having been appointed a justice of the New York Supreme Court. He was subsequently elected to a fourteen-year term on that court in November 1930, and served until December 31, 1943, when he reached the constitutional age limit. Thereafter, he served as an official referee for the court. Carew is best remembered as the judge who presided over the trial for custody of 10-year-old Gloria Vanderbilt in 1934.[1]

Carew died in Rockville Centre, New York, on April 10, 1951, and was interred in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York.


  1. ^ Austin, James C. (United Press) (October 3, 1934). "Press Barred from Vanderbilt Custody Trial". Dunkirk Evening Observer. Dunkirk, NY. p. 2.

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