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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 William Cranch, who also served as reporter of decisions for #SCOTUS, was nominated by Thomas Jefferson to be Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia #OTD in 1806; he served in that position until his death in 1855
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  • Former U.S. District Court Judge Stewart R. Dalzell (E.D. Pa.) died Feb. 18 at age 75
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  • Benjamin Bourne left the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island #OTD in 1801 to join the newly-created U.S. Circuit Court for the First Circuit; however, in 1802 the Judiciary Act of 1801 was repealed and the court was abolished
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  • President Chester Arthur appointed William White to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio #OTD in 1833; however, White died 3 weeks later, on March 12, without having taken his seat on the court
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  • RT @abapubliced: Happy 199th Birthday to Susan B. Anthony! Educators that want to learn more about her role in the #womenssuffrage movement…
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