Robert H. Jackson

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Personal Information
Saturday, February 13, 1892
Saturday, October 9, 1954
Childhood Location 
Childhood Surroundings 
Associate Justice
Nominated By 
Roosevelt, F.
Commissioned on 
Friday, July 11, 1941
Sworn In 
Friday, July 11, 1941
Left Office 
Saturday, October 9, 1954
Reason For Leaving 
Length of Service 
13 years, 2 months, 29 days
New York

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Robert H. Jackson
The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States (Artist: John C. Johnsen)

Robert H. Jackson grew up near Jamestown, New York. He worked as an apprentice in a law firm there. He spent a year at Albany Law School, then passed the bar and entered the profession. He soon tried his hand at electoral politics and was elected a Democratic state committeeman. But he soon recognized that politics involved patronage and favors, which did not suit his temperament, so he returned to private practice. Jackson joined the New Deal administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He rose from IRS legal counsel to Assistant Attorney General, to Solicitor General, and finally, to Attorney General. Roosevelt appointed Jackson to the Supreme Court in 1941 after years of loyal and effective advocacy. While on the Court, Jackson served as chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg war crimes trials at the conclusion of World War II. He returned to a deeply divided Court. Upon news of the death of Chief Justice Stone, two of Jackson's colleagues threatened to resign if Jackson were selected as Stone's replacement. Jackson was a fine craftsman. His opinions displayed an elegant prose style. He was witty and combative as he advanced his brand of judicial restraint.

Clerk Law School Terms Clerked
E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr. Virginia (1953) 1953
William H. Rehnquist Stanford (1952) 1952
Donald Cronson 1952
John Cushman 1950
C. George Niebank, Jr. Buffalo (1950) 1950, 1951
Howard C. Buschman, Jr. 1949
Alan Y. Cole 1949
James M. Marsh Temple (1947) 1947, 1948
Murray Gartner Harvard (1945) 1945, 1946
Phil C. Neal Harvard (1943) 1943, 1944
John F. Costelloe Harvard 1941, 1942

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