Cover

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Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

The publication of this book affords me the welcome opportunity to acknowledge my thanks to several colleagues and friends who have spoken with me about material relating to the book. I would like to express my deep appreciation to each of the following individuals, whose sharing of their thoughts and general encouragement have helped make this a better book: ...

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1 | Before Brandeis: Presidents, Presidential Appointments, and America’s Jews, 1813–1912

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pp. 1-21

For at least a century before President Woodrow Wilson appointed Louis D. Brandeis as the first Jewish Supreme Court justice, other U.S. presidents had been laying the groundwork by naming Jews to other positions. Indeed, the tradition of Jews receiving presidential appointments is almost as old as the nation itself. ...

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2 | Louis D. Brandeis: “People’s Attorney,” Presidential Adviser, and Zionist

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pp. 22-44

On August 28, 1912, Louis D. Brandeis, the nationally known Boston attorney and reformer, and Woodrow Wilson, the Democratic presidential nominee then serving as New Jersey governor, met secretly over lunch in Sea Girt, New Jersey, the coastal town where the governor summered. ...

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3 | Mr. Justice Brandeis: The Court Years

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pp. 45-76

In the twenty-six days following the January 2, 1916, death of Justice Joseph R. Lamar, Washington, D.C., buzzed with rumors as to whom President Wilson would appoint to succeed him.1 Not since President Fillmore had offered a Supreme Court nomination to Judah Benjamin in 1853 had a Jew been singled out as a candidate ...

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4 | Benjamin N. Cardozo: Redeeming the Family Name

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pp. 77-114

On may 1, 1872, Albert Cardozo resigned from the New York State Supreme Court, following a report a month earlier by the New York City Bar Association calling for his impeachment, along with that of his fellow judges George Barnard and John McCunn. The reason was their involvement in the corruption scandal led by William Marcy “Boss” Tweed. ...

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5 | Felix Frankfurter: City College to the New Deal

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pp. 115-145

On a spring day in 1906, two New Yorkers, Franklin Roosevelt and Felix Frankfurter, both recent law school graduates and twenty-four years old, met for lunch at the city’s Harvard Club. Two more different luncheon companions could hardly have been imagined. While both were young, ambitious lawyers hoping to get a start in politics, they had little else in common. ...

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6 | Mr. Justice Frankfurter: The Court Years

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pp. 146-183

For a few days in March 1938, following Adolf Hitler’s Anschluss in Austria, Vienna’s new Nazi rulers imprisoned one of the city’s most distinguished Jewish scholars, Solomon Frankfurter.1 Ten months later, U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt nominated Frankfurter’s nephew, also a Vienna-born Jew, to the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

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7 | Arthur J. Goldberg: A Promising Tenure Cut Short

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pp. 184-208

At an October 1969 White House reception for Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, Arthur Goldberg, then a former Supreme Court justice, told a reporter, “I believe I can beat Goodell next year.” He was referring to the liberal New York Republican senator Charles E. Goodell, who had been appointed to serve out Robert F. Kennedy’s Senate term following his assassination. “ ...

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8 | Abe Fortas: A Tale of Achievement and Scandal

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pp. 209-243

Perhaps no individual was more responsible for Lyndon Johnson’s rise to political power than Abe Fortas, who first met the future president in 1937, soon after Johnson arrived in Washington as a newly elected Texas congressman. At the time, Fortas was serving as special assistant and legal counsel to William O. Douglas, the recently appointed chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. ...

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9 | Three Jewish Justices: Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan Join the Court

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pp. 244-284

During his eight years in the White House, President Bill Clinton appointed more Jews to high-level administration positions than had any other president. Of special historic significance, Clinton was the first president to appoint two Jews to the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer. The first court vacancy came within six weeks after Clinton’s inauguration, on March 3, 1993, ...

Notes

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pp. 285-332

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 333-340

Index

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pp. 341-350

Illustrations

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