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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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  • William Cushing, one of the original justices of the Supreme Court appointed by George Washington, who turned down appointment as Chief Justice in 1796, died #OTD in 1810 #SCOTUS
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  • A law enacted #OTD in 1966 granted tenure during good behavior to future judicial appointees to the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, placing the court in the same status as other U.S. district courts #PuertoRico
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  • Jimmy Carter's nomination of Cornelia G. Kennedy to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee #OTD in 1979; Kennedy was the only woman appointed to the federal bench by Richard Nixon (E.D. Mich., 1970)
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  • Joseph Story, the youngest justice appointed to #SCOTUS (age 32 in 1811), died #OTD in 1845; significant opinions included Martin v. Hunter's Lessee (1816) & Swift v. Tyson (1842)
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  • In September 1976, Judge Richard Owen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found former Beatle George Harrison liable for plagiarism; his 1970 song "My Sweet Lord" borrowed from the 1962 song "He's So Fine" by the Chiffons
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