On July 28, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson nominated Abe Fortas to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He was known as a brilliant jurist.
In 1963 he successfully represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright. Learn about this landmark right to counsel case at http://bit.ly/1GZCe9b. On August 11, 1965, the Senate confirmed his nomination, and he served on the Court for 4 years. On May 14, 1969, he resigned. During his tenure President Johnson attempted to elevate him to Chief Justice, but the Senate successfully filibustered his nomination. His name was withdrawn from consideration. Obtain additional biographical facts about Justice Fortas at http://1.usa.gov/1IHwCro.