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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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  • Senior U.S. District Judge J. William Ditter, Jr. (E.D. Pa.) died April 7 at age 97
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  • #DYK? The Lyons-Seward Treaty of 1862 established three mixed courts, composed of both American and British judges, to adjudicate cases involving illegal slave trading; however, the courts never heard a case before being abolished in 1870
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  • Happy #taxday; #SCOTUS upheld the constitutionality of the income tax provisions of the Tariff Act of 1913 in Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad (1916)
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  • #SCOTUS decided Ex parte McCardle #OTD in 1869; validated congressional withdrawal of Court's jurisdiction over appeals under the Habeas Corpus Act of 1867; Court held in Ex parte Yerger (1869) that it retained habeas jurisdiction conferred by Judiciary Act of 1789
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  • Lyndon B. Johnson nominated June Lazenby Green to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia #OTD in 1968; 4th woman appointed to a U.S. district court; succeeded the 1st (Burnita Shelton Matthews)
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