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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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  • Antonin Scalia received a commission to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit #OTD in 1982; appointed to #SCOTUS in 1986
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  • @Gilder_Lehrman The Federal Judicial Center has prepared materials for teachers--"U.S. v. Clay: Muhammad Ali's Fight Against the Vietnam Draft"--as part of its Famous Federal Trials series:
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  • Congress reorganized the federal judicial circuits #OTD in 1842; created non-contiguous Fifth Circuit consisting of Alabama and Louisiana
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  • @apark_PSU North Carolina did not ratify the Constitution until shortly after the Judiciary Act of 1789 was enacted. It was organized as a judicial district and assigned to the Southern Circuit in 1790.
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  • #DYK? The Judiciary Act of 1789 established three circuits: the Eastern, Middle, and Southern; first numbered circuits not established until 1801; see circuit maps for each year:
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