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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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  • The Supreme Court decided Lochner v. New York #OTD in 1905; struck down state law setting maximum hours for bakers as violation of liberty of contract protected by Due Process Clause #SCOTUS
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  • Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas took the oath of office #OTD in 1939; became longest serving justice in #SCOTUS history (1939-1975)
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  • New book by Margaret Edds: We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team that Dismantled Jim Crow
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  • The Supreme Court decided The Slaughter-House Cases 145 years ago tomorrow; first #SCOTUS interpretation of 14th Amendment; held privileges & immunities clause applied only to national and not state citizenship
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  • Philip Barton Key of Maryland, who fought for the British in the Revolutionary War but later served in the MD legislature, U.S. Congress, and as a federal judge (4th Circuit, 1801-1802), was born #OTD in 1757
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