Circuit Judge

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195141238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851577 | DOI:
Circuit Judge

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Harry Blackmun avoided getting involved in certain political activities associated with what was prominent among federal judges as he worked as a lawyer in Minneapolis and was part of the Mayo Clinic's resident counsel. In contrast to Warren Burger, one of his boyhood friends, Harry Blackmun remained only nominally Republican, and was not able to participate in such activities attributed to party politics. Burger actively participated in politics as he played no small part in Harold Stassen's campaign and formed allies with Herbert Brownell. Burger then became part of the new Eisenhower administration and was appointed as the head of the Department of Justice's Civil Division. Blackmun and Burger exchanged correspondence during this time, mostly regarding Burger's work. This chapter demonstrates how Burger was appointed a seat for the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, how Blackmun was to replace Sanborn upon his retirement, and how Blackmun was appointed to the Eighth Circuit.

Keywords: party politics; Warren Burger; Department of Justice; Civil Division; U.S. Court of Appeals; Eighth Circuit; John Benjamin Sanborn

Chapter.  20059 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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