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Justice Charles Whittaker

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On this date in 1901, Justice Charles Whittaker was born near Troy, Kansas.  Growing up on a farm near Troy, Whittaker attended a one room school and dropped out in the 9th grade to to sell skunk pelts.  By 1920, Whittaker had saved up enough to move to Kansas City to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer.  Whittaker worked as a office assistant at a local law office which provided

Justice Adolph M. Christianson (N.D. Supreme Court)

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On this date in 1954, Justice Adolph M. Christianson passed away at age 76.  Christianson was born in Brunmundalen, Norway in 1877.  With his parents he immigrated to the United States in 1882 and settled in Polk County, Minnesota.  While mostly self-educated, Christianson did study at the Law Department of the University of Tennessee.  He was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1899 and the North Dakota Bar in 1900.  Christianson

Justice Alfred Wallin (N.D. Supreme Court)

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On this date in 1836, Justice Alfred Wallin was born in Gilbertsville, New York.  Raised in Michigan and later Chicago, Wallin followed in the familty business of leather tannery.  However, to further his prospects, Wallin entered Elgin Academy in 1857 where he began his study of law.  Ultimately, Wallin graduated the University of Michigan law school in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1862.  In that same year, Wallin was admitted to the

Judge Jeremiah S. Black

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On this date in 1861, Jeremiah S. Black was nominated by President James Buchanan for the postion of Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  Born on January 10, 1810 near Stony Creek, Pennsylvania, he studied law and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1830.  He immediately began his career as deputy attorney general for Somerset County, Pennsylvania.  In 1842, Black was appointed presiding judge of the Court of

Alexander Wolcott

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On this date in 1811, Alexander Wolcott was nominated by President James Madison for the position of Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  Born on September 15, 1758 in Windsor, Connecticut, Wolcott was educated at Yale College and admitted to the Conneticut Bar after reading the law.  He entered in private practice in Windsor and later moved to Middleton.  In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson appointed Wolcott to the position of

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