You are here

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.

Twitter Feed (@FedJudicialHist)

  • The "Scottsboro Boys" were arrested #OTD in 1931; in 1932, #SCOTUS reversed their rape convictions and death sentences in Powell v. Alabama, holding that defendants had been denied due process because they were not properly represented by counsel
    12 hours 12 min ago
  • President Thomas Jefferson nominated William Johnson of South Carolina to #SCOTUS #OTD in 1804; first of Jefferson's three appointees
    3 days 11 hours ago
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit #OTD in 1934; first woman appointed to a U.S. court of appeals, 15 years before first woman appointed to U.S. district court
    4 days 13 hours ago
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt #FDR nominated William O. Douglas to #SCOTUS #OTD in 1939; Douglas served in active status until 1975, longest tenure in Court's history
    5 days 13 hours ago
  • RT @FedJudicialHist: New FJC History Resource: Selected Developments in the History of Supreme Court Jurisdiction (chart):
    5 days 13 hours ago