Today in Supreme Court History

Today in Supreme Court History: September 18, 1857

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9/18/1857: Justice John Hessin Clarke's birthday.

Justice John Hessin Clarke


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  1. From now on, this day in Supreme Court history is, whatever you may think of its ramifications, the day that Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

  2. I will make sure people from site will see this article. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

  3. I remember writing an essay on John Hessin Clarke’s life an work as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. As a law student, I don’t really like writing essays. For this reason I hired 99Papers that I found on to write it for me. Even though the essay was good, I kind of regretted that I didn’t write it myself. John Hessin Clarke’s life was quite interesting to read about.

  4. John Hessin Clarke (September 18, 1857 – March 22, 1945) was an American lawyer and judge who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1916 to 1922.
    Born in New Lisbon, Ohio, Clarke was the third child and only son of John Clarke (1814–1884), a Quaker immigrant from County Antrim, Ireland who became a lawyer and judge in the United States, and his wife Melissa Hessin. He attended New Lisbon High School from and Western Reserve College, where he became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1877. Clarke did not attend law school but studied the law under his father’s direction and passed the bar exam cum laude in 1878.
    After practicing law in New Lisbon for two years, Clarke moved to Youngstown, where he purchased a half-share in the Youngstown Vindicator. The Vindicator was a Democratic newspaper and Clarke, a reform-minded Bourbon Democrat, wrote several articles opposing the growing power of corporate monopolies and promoting such causes as civil-service reform. He also became involved in local party politics and civic causes. His efforts to prevent Calvin S. Brice’s renomination as the party’s candidate for the United States Senate in 1894 ended in failure, but he worked successfully to oppose the election of a Republican candidate for mayor of Youngstown who was a member of the American Protective Association. A “gold bug” in 1896, Clarke’s opposition to William Jennings Bryan’s nomination as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate was so great that he bolted the party and participated in the subsequent “Gold Bug” convention in Indianapolis that nominated Senator John M. Palmer later that year.

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