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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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  • The Supreme Court decided Martin v. Hunter's Lessee #OTD in 1816; opinion by Joseph Story (pic); Supreme Court had jurisdiction over state courts in cases involving federal questions, pursuant to Supremacy Clause #SCOTUS
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  • The Supreme Court decided Gideon v. Wainwright 55 years ago yesterday; extended Sixth Amendment right to counsel to felony defendants in state courts (basis for "Gideon's Trumpet" - 1964 book & 1980 TV movie starring Henry Fonda) #SCOTUS
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  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Missouri was established #OTD in 1822 (#Missouri assigned to 8th Cir. in 1837 & divided into Eastern and Western Districts in 1857)
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  • Philip Pendleton Barbour, the only person to serve as both Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1821-1823) and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1836-1841), was confirmed to #SCOTUS #OTD in 1836
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  • The Supreme Court decided Fletcher v. Peck #OTD in 1810; #Georgia legislature's repeal of earlier land grant was unconstitutional interference with contract; first time #SCOTUS declared a state law unconstitutional
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