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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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  • Thomas Todd, who was instrumental in gaining statehood for #Kentucky, and was appointed to #SCOTUS when the Court was expanded to 7 seats upon creation of Seventh Circuit in 1807, was born #OTD in 1765
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  • Francis Biddle resigned from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit #OTD in 1940, after serving less than one year; served as Solicitor General before becoming FDR's Attorney General during WWII; then served as judge on Nuremberg tribunal
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  • #SCOTUS decided Mistretta v. United States #OTD in 1989; ruled that Congress did not violate the Constitution by improperly delegating its legislative powers when it created the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 1984
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  • #SCOTUS decided Sony v. Universal #OTD in 1984; ruled 5-4 that use of Betamax didn't violate copyright in TV shows
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  • Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (named after his father, who was named after the legendary Roman political and military leader for whom Cincinnati, OH is also named) joined #SCOTUS #OTD in 1888; served until his death in 1893
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