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Q: Orison Marden (1850-1924) and Orison Marden (d. 1975) -- Were they related? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Orison Marden (1850-1924) and Orison Marden (d. 1975) -- Were they related?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jerrydej-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 28 Dec 2004 07:58 PST
Expires: 27 Jan 2005 07:58 PST
Question ID: 448189
Is the (deceased) lawyer Orison Marden (?-1975) (who was president of
the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and
the New York State Bar Association and worked at the NYC law firm
White & Case for 45 years) related to Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924),
the author of many best-selling books about success (e.g., "Pushing to
the Front") and founder of Success magazine?

Warning: I'm a pretty good researcher, and there's tons of stuff on
the internet about both men, but I have not been able to establish
either a genealogical connection of the lack of one.
Subject: Re: Orison Marden (1850-1924) and Orison Marden (d. 1975) -- Were they related?
Answered By: markj-ga on 28 Dec 2004 10:17 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
jerrysej --

Orison S. Marden, the lawyer whose career you correctly describe in
your question was the son of Orison Swett Marden, the founder of
Success Magazine and author of motivational books.

I obtained the information from Marden's obituary in the August 26,
1975 N.Y. Times. For copyright reasons, I can't reproduce that
obituary here, but it is available for purchase for $2.95 at the New
York Times website. It also might be available to you through a local
public or university library. To access it at the New York Times
website, use the search box at the top of the Times's home page,
linked here:

New York Times

Then, choose "NYT 1851-1995" and search for "orison s. marden."

Here is the brief reference in that obituary to Marden's father:

"Orison Swett Marden was born in Sea Cliff, L.I. on May 22, 1906.  His
father, after whom he was named, was a physician as well as a lawyer
and a writer of books on how to achieve success in life.  His mother
was the former Clare Evans."

Search Strategy:

You are certainly right that this information seems unusually
difficult to find online without determining Marden's date of death
and looking in subscription-based newspaper archives.  After failing
to find the information with various Google searches, I determined
Marden's date of death by searching at the Social Security Death
Index, which is at this linked site:

Social Security Death Index

Since his name is so unusual, a search at this site turned up only one
"hit," which indicated that Marden died on August 25, 1975.  I then
accessed the New York Times archive through my local public library
and searched on Marden's name for a period including that date.

I am confident that this is the correct answer to your very specific
question.  If anything is unclear, please ask for clarification before
rating the answer.

jerrydej-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Awesome! Great information, beautifully presented -- and obtained so quickly!

Subject: Re: Orison Marden (1850-1924) and Orison Marden (d. 1975) -- Were they related?
From: markj-ga on 28 Dec 2004 11:25 PST
jerrydej --

Thanks for the kind words and the five stars.


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