Walter D. Van Riper was born
in Morris County, New Jersey on May 18, 1895.
He graduated from the Boonton High School,
New Jersey Law School and was admitted to
the New Jersey Bar in November 1916. He served
his law clerkship in the office of Cortlandt
and R. Wayne Parker. He was appointed Assistant
U.S. Attorney for New Jersey in 1922 and served
until 1924. Van Riper was nominated by Governor
Walter Edge and confirmed by the State Senate
as Attorney General on January 31, 1944, taking
office on February 4. He succeeded David T.