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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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  • Judge June Lazenby Green of the USDC for the District of Columbia was born #OTD in 1914. Green was one of the first female U.S. district court judges (she succeeded the first, Burnita Matthews, in 1968).
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  • #OTD in 1998 Theodore "Ted" Kaczynski pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The infamous "Unabomber" murdered three and injured dozens during a 17-year terror campaign. Judge Garland Burrell, Jr. later sentenced him to 4 life terms.
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  • #OTD in 1874, President U.S. Grant nominated Morrison R. Waite as #SCOTUS Chief Justice. Unanimously approved and received commission on 1/21, ending longest C.J. vacancy (259 days). Grant had withdrawn 2 nominations (several others declined).
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  • #OTD in 1940, Justice Frank Murphy received #SCOTUS commission. Previously served as Philippines Governor General & High Commissioner, Governor of Michigan, and U.S. Attorney General. Wrote famous dissent in Korematsu v. U.S. (1944).
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur (N.D. Illinois) died January 15 at age 93
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