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Fortas, Abe
Born June 19, 1910, in Memphis, TN
Died April 5, 1982, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on July 28, 1965, to a seat vacated by Arthur J. Goldberg. Confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1965, and received commission on August 11, 1965. Service terminated on May 14, 1969, due to resignation.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
First Circuit, October 11, 1965-May 14, 1969
Seventh Circuit, June 16, 1967-October 8, 1967

Southwestern College, Memphis, Tennessee, A.B., 1930
Yale Law School, LL.B., 1933

Professional Career:
Assistant chief, Legal Division, Agricultural Adjustment Administration, 1933-1934
Assistant professor of law, Yale Law School, 1934-1939
Assistant director, Corporate Reorganization Study, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 1935-1937
Assistant director, Public Utilities Division, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 1937-1939
General counsel, Bituminous Coal Division, Public Works Administration, 1939-1941
Director, Division of Power, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1941-1942
Undersecretary of the interior, 1942-1946
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1946-1965, 1969-1982

Nominated to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, June 26, 1968; nomination withdrawn by president, October 4, 1968
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