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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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  • Today: A 3-judge U.S. district court in Louisiana ruled #OTD in 1956 that LA constitutional provision and statutes requiring school segregation were unconstitutional; Judge J. Skelly Wright then ordered Orleans Parish to desegregate its schools
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  • The U.S. Courts website has a page devoted to African American History Month, including video profiles of 7 African American federal judges #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryMonth
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  • #SCOTUS decided Chisholm v. Georgia #OTD in 1793; states amenable to federal court suits brought by citizens of other states; GA House of Rep. threatened death by hanging to anyone attempting to enforce a judgment against the state; soon after, 11th Amendment barred such suits
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  • #DYK? The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was until 1936 known as the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia; until 1973, the court exercised jurisdiction over both federal and local matters
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  • John Pickering was appointed the U.S. district judge for New Hampshire by George Washington #OTD in 1795; in 1804, Pickering became the first federal official to be removed from office via impeachment and conviction
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