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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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  • #DYK? Three U.S. courts of appeals have ruled that presidential recess appointments of federal judges are constitutional; see U.S. v. Allocco (2nd Cir. 1962); U.S. v. Woodley (9th Cir. 1983); Evans v. Stephens (11th Cir. 2004); #SCOTUS did not review the cases
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  • #DYK? The first federal probation officers were appointed by the judges of the U.S. district courts in 1927
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  • Judge West Humphreys of E.D., M.D. & W.D. Tennessee was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives #OTD in 1862 on charges of refusing to hold court and waging war against the U.S. government; convicted by Senate and removed from office June 26
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  • FJC history resource: Federal Judiciary Appropriations, 1792-2010:
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  • Thomas Jefferson Boynton, youngest federal judge in U.S. history, appointed by Abraham Lincoln to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1863 at age 25, died #OTD in 1871
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