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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 … Continue reading

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On November 15, 1882, former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter was born in Austria. In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. Unlike nowadays, it wasn’t customary for nominees to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, … Continue reading

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On November 12, 1908, Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun was born. He’s probably best known as the author of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized a woman’s right to have an abortion during the first trimester.     … Continue reading

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In July 1991 President George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to replace Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the United States Supreme Court.  Thomas was only 43 years old.  His confirmation hearings were contentious.  A former employee, … Continue reading

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On October 15, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed William J. Brennan to the United States Supreme Court.  He remained on the Court for over 33 years, until July 20, 1990.  In July 1997, he passed away, however his legacy … Continue reading

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In 1941 President Roosevelt appointed Robert H. Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served until Oct 9, 1954, when he passed away.  He might be best remembered, however, as the  Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials.  Learn more … Continue reading

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President Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court.  On October 6, 1991, news organizations reported that a law professor, Anita Hill, claimed that Judge Thomas had formerly sexually harassed her at work. She had worked for him … Continue reading

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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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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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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 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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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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From 1891-1906 Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown served on the United States Supreme Court. On September 4, 1913, he passed away. Learn more about this justice at http://goo.gl/A8NfM7.

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President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court. On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed his nomination, and he became the first African-American to serve on the Court. Read the Congressional Record here– http://goo.gl/yKSlzW. Learn more … Continue reading

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On August 27, 1948, Charles Evans Hughes passed away. From 1910-1916 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, and from 1930-1941 he was the Chief Justice. He was the 39th Governor of New York (1907-1910), and … Continue reading

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On August 25, 1998, former Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell passed away. In 1971, President Nixon nominated him to the Supreme Court. On June 26, 1987, he retired from the Court after serving over 15 years. Learn more about Justice Powell … Continue reading

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On August 19, 1981, President Reagan sent a letter to the U.S. Senate nominating  Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. Take a look at his letter at https://goo.gl/nA6Bxz. The Senate unanimously confirmed her appointment in a 99-0 vote … Continue reading

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On August 15, 1938, Justice Stephen Breyer was born. On May 13, 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the Supreme Court. On July 29, 1994, the Senate confirmed his nomination– the vote was 87-9. Take a look at the Senate’s … Continue reading

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On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court. Soon after it was revealed that he had once been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Nonetheless, the Senate confirmed Black in a … Continue reading

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