On This Date in Legal History

Lyndon Johnson met former Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas when they were both working in Washington, D.C. in the late 30s. Then in 1948, Fortas helped Johnson win a highly contested Senate seat. Johnson viewed Fortas as a trusted advisor, so when a Supreme Court seat opened up during his presidency in 1965, it was not surprising that he nominated him as Associate Justice. On August 11, 1965, the Senate confirmed his nomination. When Chief Justice Earl Warren retired, President Johnson nominated his friend to replace him, but this time his appointment was vigorously opposed. Johnson withdrew the nomination (http://goo.gl/CWdprN). Justice Fortas served on the Supreme Court as an Associate Justice for 4 years.

Justice Abe Fortas

Justice Abe Fortas

On May 14, 1969, he resigned under a threat of impeachment after certain financial dealings (involving convicted financier Louis E. Wolfson) came to light. On April 5, 1982, he passed away. Learn more about the justice at http://goo.gl/832RPt and http://goo.gl/VW5Tv1.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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