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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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  • #OTD in 1940, Justice Frank Murphy received #SCOTUS commission. Previously served as Philippines Governor General & High Commissioner, Governor of Michigan, and U.S. Attorney General. Wrote famous dissent in Korematsu v. U.S. (1944).
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur (N.D. Illinois) died January 15 at age 93
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  • 18th Amendment, providing for Prohibition, ratified #OTD in 1919 when Nebraska became 36th state to ratify; see our teaching materials on the Olmstead Prohibition case:
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  • Oliver Wolcott, born #OTD in 1760, former Secretary of the Treasury and later governor of Connecticut, was one of John Adams' "Midnight Judges" who lost his judgeship when the 1801 circuit courts were abolished in 1802
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  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, authorized by Congress in 1977 (91 Stat. 1265), came into existence as an Article I court #OTD in 1978 and became part of the Ninth Circuit
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