Stanley Reed

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Personal Information
Born 
Wednesday, December 31, 1884
Died 
Wednesday, April 2, 1980
Childhood Location 
Kentucky
Childhood Surroundings 
Kentucky
Position 
Associate Justice
Seat 
7
Nominated By 
Roosevelt, F.
Commissioned on 
Thursday, January 27, 1938
Sworn In 
Monday, January 31, 1938
Left Office 
Monday, February 25, 1957
Reason For Leaving 
Retired
Length of Service 
19 years, 0 months, 25 days
Home 
Kentucky
Stanley Reed
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Biography 

Stanley Reed lived a small-town life from a well-to-do family in rural Kentucky. Though the beneficiary of Republican appointments, Reed also won praise for his work in the Roosevelt Justice Department. He was appointed by Roosevelt as solicitor general in part because the president was persuaded that Reed could convince a conservative Supreme Court that his New Deal legislation was constitutional. It is said that when Reed approached the lectern in his first oral argument as solicitor general, he fainted dead away. Roosevelt's legislation did not fare much better. Roosevelt promoted Reed to the High Court in 1938.

Clerkships 
Clerk Law Schoolsort icon Terms Clerked
Gordon B. Davidson Yale (1952) 1954

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