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Federal Judicial History

The Center conducts research and produces resources on the history of the judicial branch of the federal government.  These resources include compilations of historical data on the courts, information about judges and judicial administration, as well as publications on federal judicial history. The Center also maintains a biographical directory of Article III judges from 1789 to the present, engages in outreach and education on federal judicial history, and works to promote the preservation of the history of the judicial branch.

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  • Levi Lincoln, Attorney General under Jefferson, was confirmed to #SCOTUS #OTD in 1811 but declined due to poor health; the Senate then rejected Alexander Wolcott & John Q. Adams was confirmed but declined before Joseph Story was appointed to the seat
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  • In the Judicial Code of 1911, Congress abolished the U.S. circuit courts effective January 1, 1912, leaving the U.S. district courts as the sole trial courts of the federal judiciary
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  • Former U.S. District Judge Barbara Hackett (E.D. Mich.) died December 23 at age 90
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Owen Panner (D. Oregon) died December 19 at age 94
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  • #SCOTUS decided Williams v. North Carolina #OTD in 1942; divorce in one state must be recognized by other states; overturned bigamy convictions of NC residents who obtained divorces in NV (case was remanded to NC, defendants convicted again, & SCOTUS affirmed on other grounds)
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