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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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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Civil War veteran, Harvard law prof, chief justice of Massachusetts, and #SCOTUS justice 1902-1932, was born #OTD in 1841
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  • The Supreme Court decided Ableman v. Booth #OTD in 1859: state of Wisconsin lacked authority to issue writ of habeas corpus for abolitionist Sherman Booth, held by federal government for violating Fugitive Slave Act #SCOTUS
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  • The Supreme Court decided McCulloch v. Maryland #OTD in 1819; Congress had the authority to charter the Second Bank of the U.S.; supremacy of federal law meant that Maryland could not tax the bank #SCOTUS
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  • John Rutledge became the first #SCOTUS justice to resign from the Court #OTD in 1791; he later received a recess appointment as Chief Justice, but was not confirmed
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  • New book: The Role of Circuit Courts in the Formation of United States Law in the Early Republic, by David Lynch; focuses on circuit riding by 4 early #SCOTUS justices
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