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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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  • President Lyndon Johnson nominated W. Arthur Garrity to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts #OTD in 1966; in 1974, Garrity issued the order in Morgan v. Hennigan to desegregate Boston schools by busing
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  • Wondering how the federal judicial districts in your state have changed over time? The FJC has compiled that information; example:
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  • Have you tried the Advanced Search of the FJC's Biographical Database of Article III Federal Judges? Search by court, appointing president, gender, race/ethnicity, educational and professional background, and more:
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell (M.D. Pa.) died May 19 at age 93
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  • #SCOTUS decided Ex parte Bakelite Corp. #OTD in 1929; ruled that U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals was a legislative court created under Article I and not an Article III court; Congress declared it an Article III court in 1958 and #SCOTUS agreed in 1962 (Glidden v. Zdanok)
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