Justices, Presidents, and Senators: A History of the U.S. Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Clinton
Available in paperback for the first time since the 1970s, this totally revised and updated classic is the most comprehensive an accessible history of the first 108 members of the US Supreme Court ever written. Henry J. Abraham, one of the nation's preeminent scholars of the judicial branch, addresses the vital questions of why individual justices were nominated to the highest court, how their nominations were received by legislators of the day, whether the appointees ultimately lived up to the expectations of the American public, and the legacy of their jurisprudence on the development of American law and society. Abraham's insights into the history of the Supreme Court are unrivalled by other studies of the subject, and among his numerous observations is that fully one-fifth of its members were viewed as failures by the presidents who appointed them. Enhanced by photographs of every justice from 1789 to 1999, Abraham's eloquent writing and meticulous research guarantee that this book will interest both general readers and scholars.
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Introductory Reflections Of Criteria Evaluations and Judgments
The Nixon Era A Turbulent Case Study
How They Get There Appointing Supreme Court Justices
Why They Get There Qualifications and Rationalizations
The First Forty Years From George Washington to John Quincy Adams 17891829
The Next Forty Years From Andrew Jackson to Andrew Johnson 18291869
The Balance of the Nineteenth Century From Ulysses S Grant to William McKinley 18691901
Into the Twentieth Century From Theodore Roosevelt to Herbert Hoover 19011933
Rating Supreme Court Justices
Statistical Data on Supreme Court Justices
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