Monthly Archives: September 2017

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On September 30, 1857, Associate Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis resigned from the United States Supreme Court. He’s probably best known for his dissenting opinion in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford decision. In Dred Scott the Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were … Continue reading

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On September 29, 2005, John Roberts was sworn in as the 17th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Senior Associate Justice John Paul Stevens administered the oath of office in the East Room of the White House. You can … Continue reading

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In 1964, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color to serve in Congress. She served in the House from 1965-1977, and from 1990 until her death on September 28, 2002. Learn more about this attorney-turned-politician at goo.gl/nxYVQw.

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President George H.W. Bush nominated David H. Souter to the United States Supreme Court. You can read the transcript from his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings at atgoo.gl/294R9Z. On September 27, 1990, the Judiciary Committee voted 13-1 to endorse his nomination. See … Continue reading

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On September 26, 1789, the Senate confirmed John Jay as the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He also served as the first Chief Judge of the New York Supreme Court. Learn more about the Justice’s other … Continue reading

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On September 25, 1971, former Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black died, eight days after he retired from the Court. He was a Senator from Alabama when President Roosevelt nominated him as an Associate Justice. Many called into question the appointment … Continue reading

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On September 24, 1789, President George Washington signed into law the Judiciary Act. The Act created our federal court system. It stated the Supreme Court was to have a chief justice and five associate justices (but Congress has since increased … Continue reading

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President Eisenhower nominated John Marshall Harlan to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his appointment in a 71-11 vote. He served on the court for over 16 years. He retired on September 23, 1971. Learn more about this … Continue reading

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On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Read the document at goo.gl/IvCL9R.

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President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. On September 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination (99-0). Take a look at the Congressional Record– http://goo.gl/WnRvev. She became the first woman to serve on the … Continue reading

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On September 20, 1845, President James Polk nominated Levi Woodbury to the United States Supreme Court. According to the Supreme Court Historical Society, he was the first Associate Justice to attend law school. He attended Tapping Reeve Law School in … Continue reading

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On September 19, 1907, Lewis F. Powell Jr. was born.  From 1972-1987 he served on the United States Supreme Court. Learn more about Justice Powell at http://goo.gl/6cnsSi.

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On September 18, 1975, the FBI arrested Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, for her participation in a bank robbery. She claimed that kidnappers from the Symbionese Liberation Army (“SLA”) brainwashed her– causing her to engage … Continue reading

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15 and October 15. During this month we reflect on the countless contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this country. Learn more at goo.gl/A1MB7u.

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On September 15, 1857, the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the 27th President was born. Learn more @ goo.gl/GNZmBO and goo.gl/MCIz1y.

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On September 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven, Connecticut.  In 1966, when President Johnson appointed her to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, she became the first African-American woman to … Continue reading

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On September 13, 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the United States Senate (after serving four terms in the House of Representatives). She became the first woman elected to both houses of Congress. All told, she was a member … Continue reading

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Today is Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. We honor those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Learn more about 9/11 at https://goo.gl/h4Pz0c.

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President Madison nominated Joseph Story to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 33 years until his death on September 10, 1845.  He’s probably best remembered today for his opinion in the Amistad case.  The … Continue reading

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On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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