Corcoran, Thomas (Gardiner)(1900–81) lawyer, government official; born in Pawtucket, R.I. A protégé of Felix Frankfurter, he was a New York corporate lawyer (1927–32) before joining the Reconstruction Finance Committee in 1932. As President Roosevelt's legislative aide (1933–41), he codrafted New Deal legislation including the Securities Act (1933) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (1938). He returned to private practice afterward.
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