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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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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Sandra Townes (E.D. New York) died February 8 at age 73 https://t.co/PKPNfq0s4o https://t.co/QeLnyvJdMS
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  • The Federalists enacted the Judiciary Act of 1801 #OTD, creating the first six numbered judicial circuits and authorizing the appointment of the 16 "midnight judges" by John Adams; Republicans repealed the Act in 1802 https://t.co/8PfG7jKBC7
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Peter Beer (E.D. Louisiana) died February 9 at age 89 https://t.co/iaFAS7NCoD https://t.co/xomZkXBC4i
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  • Congress enacted the first Fugitive Slave Act #OTD in 1793; empowered the U.S. circuit and district courts to make a finding that a person was a fugitive slave and order their return https://t.co/dQhX1flHXJ
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  • When the Evarts Act created the U.S. circuit courts of appeals in 1891, D.C. was left out; Congress created the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia #OTD in 1893 (renamed U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 1948) https://t.co/oVNyXgQEhy https://t.co/ZKcNEi81tD
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