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On This Date in Legal History

On October 14, 1911, former Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan passed away. From 1877 to 1911 he served as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court where he earned the reputation as the “great dissenter.” He’s probably … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1888 President Grover Cleveland nominated Melville W. Fuller to be chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his appointment (41 to 20), and on October 8, 1888, he was sworn in. Notably, it was Chief Justice Fuller … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1890 the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies to provide “for separate railway carriages for the white and colored races.”  The races weren’t permitted to sit together.  Any passenger who violated the law was subject to … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Court unanimously held that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is inherently unequal, so it ordered the integration of … Continue reading

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Henry Billings Brown

In 1890 President Harrison nominated Henry Billings Brown to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court until May 28, 1906. He authored hundreds of decisions; however, he’s best remembered for writing the majority opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1890, the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies in the state to provide equal, but separate, cars for blacks and whites.  The races were not permitted to sit in each other’s railway cars.  Any passenger who … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Court unanimously held that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is inherently unequal, so it ordered the integration of … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this day in 1911 John Marshall Harlan passed away. From 1877 to 1911 he was an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court where he earned the reputation as the “great dissenter.” He’s probably best known for his … Continue reading

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Remembering Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown

In 1890 President Harrison nominated Henry Billings Brown to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court until this date in 1906. He authored hundreds of decisions; however, he’s best remembered for writing the majority opinion in Plessy v. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1888 President Grover Cleveland nominated Melville Weston Fuller for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. On July 20, 1888, the Senate confirmed his nomination and he became the 8th Chief Justice of the Court. … Continue reading

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The Regrettable Plessy Decision

In 1890, the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies in the state to provide equal, but separate, cars for blacks and whites.  The races were not permitted to sit in each other’s railway cars.  Any passenger who … Continue reading

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