Frank Murphy

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Sunday, April 13, 1890
Tuesday, July 19, 1949
Childhood Location 
Childhood Surroundings 
Associate Justice
Nominated By 
Roosevelt, F.
Commissioned on 
Thursday, January 18, 1940
Sworn In 
Monday, February 5, 1940
Left Office 
Tuesday, July 19, 1949
Reason For Leaving 
Length of Service 
9 years, 5 months, 14 days
Frank Murphy
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Frank Murphy held diverse positions before his elevation to the Court. He was mayor of Detroit from 1930 to 1933, governor general of the Philippines from 1933 to 1935, governor of Michigan from 1937 to 1939, and United States attorney general from 1939-40. While attorney general, Murphy established the first civil rights unit in the Justice Department. Murphy longed to be part of the war effort while on the bench. During Court recesses, he served as an infantry officer in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Murphy was a strong liberal who had the most impact through his concurring and dissenting opinions.

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Edwin E. Huddleson Harvard (1938)
Eugene Gressman Michigan (1940) 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947
John H. Pickering Michigan (1940) 1941, 1942
John J. Adams Michigan (1940) 1940
John R. Dykema Michigan (1947) 1948
Thomas L. Tolan Michigan (1948) 1948

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