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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? The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was until 1936 known as the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia; until 1973, the court exercised jurisdiction over both federal and local matters
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  • John Pickering was appointed the U.S. district judge for New Hampshire by George Washington #OTD in 1795; in 1804, Pickering became the first federal official to be removed from office via impeachment and conviction
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  • John W. Showalter of the 7th Circuit was born #OTD in 1844; he taught his younger brother Jackson how to play #chess and the latter became a 5-time U.S. chess champion; upon his death, Judge Showalter was memorialized in American Chess Magazine, Jan. 1899
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  • Albert Branson Maris, who served 2 years on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and 51 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, died #OTD in 1989; presided over trial of Gobitis flag salute case in 1938:
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Garr M. King (D. Oregon) died February 5 at age 83
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