Sherman Minton

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Born 
Monday, October 20, 1890
Died 
Friday, April 9, 1965
Childhood Location 
Indiana
Childhood Surroundings 
Indiana
Position 
Associate Justice
Seat 
5
Nominated By 
Truman
Commissioned on 
Wednesday, October 5, 1949
Sworn In 
Wednesday, October 12, 1949
Left Office 
Monday, October 15, 1956
Reason For Leaving 
Retired
Length of Service 
7 years, 0 months, 3 days
Home 
Indiana
Sherman Minton
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Biography 

Sherman Minton was elected to the United States Senate from Indiana in 1934. He was a strong advocate of Roosevelt's "Court-Packing" plan. After his losing reelection bid in 1940, Roosevelt appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Minton was nominated to the Supreme Court by Harry Truman, a close personal friend. Ill health forced Minton's resignation in 1956. Minton disappointed most liberals by consistently preferring order to freedom. Minton voted to uphold statutes intended to protect the national security; he rejected challenges asserting violations of individual liberties. Upon his retirement, Minton observed: "There will be more interest in who will succeed me than in my passing. I'm an echo."

Clerkships 
Clerk Law Schoolsort icon Terms Clerked
William K. Bachelder 1952
Charles D. Kelso Chicago (1950) 1950
Abner J. Mikva Chicago (1951) 1951
Harry L. Wallace Harvard (1952) 1952

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Sherman Minton. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 13 December 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/justices/sherman_minton?order=field_education_value&sort=asc>.
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"Sherman Minton," The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, accessed December 13, 2014, http://www.oyez.org/justices/sherman_minton?order=field_education_value&sort=asc.