In 1922 President Warren G. Harding, a Republican, appointed Pierce Butler, a Democrat from Minnesota, to the United States Supreme Court, breaking the tradition of appointing a justice from one’s own party. Today, that would be unheard of. On December 21, 1922, the Senate confirmed his nomination (by a 61-8 vote). From 1923-1939 Justice Butler served on the Court. On November 16, 1939, the justice passed away.
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