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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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  • April 18: The Court of Emergency Appeals, created in 1942 to hear cases arising under the Emergency Price Control Act, was terminated #OTD in 1962, having completed its work (pic: Chief Judge Albert Maris)
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  • #SCOTUS justices Samuel Chase (pic) (1796-1811), William Day (1903-1922), and Willis Van Devanter (1910-1937) were born #OTD in 1741, 1849, and 1859, respectively.
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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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