James B. Donovan Biography
Birthday: February 29, 1916 (Pisces)
Born In: The Bronx, New York, United States
James Britt Donovan was a noted international negotiator, insurance lawyer and United States Navy officer, best known for securing the release of captured US pilot Francis Gary Powers from Soviet custody. Born into a family of Irish-American, he began his career in New York City as a lawyer. But when the United States joined the Second World War, he moved to Washington, where he served first as general counsel first at OSRD and then at OSS. At the end of the war, he served as an assistant to Justice Robert H. Jackson at the Nuremberg trials, presenting visual evidence of Nazi atrocities. Thereafter, he returned to his legal career, defending Russian spy, Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, as part of his public duty. Later, he negotiated the release of Powers in exchange of Abel. Later in the same year, he negotiated with Fidel Castro for the release of a total of 9,700 Americans and Cubans from Cuban jails in exchange for food and medicine.