Shugerman Research on Rise of Prosecutor Politicians
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PartyStatePres ApptOther Offices HeldRelevant Prosecutorial Background
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40William Strong1870-1880D/RPAGrantUS House, Supr Court of PA, elect comm for elec of 1876lawyer
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41Joseph P. Bradley1870-1892RNJGrantelectoral commission for elec of 1876lawyer, DA Solano county, 1866-70
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42Ward Hunt1873-1882RNYGrantNY House, NY Court of Appealslawyer
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43Morrison Waite1874-1888ROHGrantmayor of Maumee, OH, OH Senlawyer
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44John Marshall Harlan1877-1911RKTHayesKT AGlawyer
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45William Burnham Woods1880-1887RALHayesOH House, mayor of Newark, 5th Cir Court of Appeals judgelawyer
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46Stanley Matthews1881-1889ROHGarfieldUS Sen
lawyer, US attny in OH, 1858-61 (era when US Attys had limited criminal jurisdiction
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47Horace Gray1882-1892RMAArthurMA Supr Courtlawyer
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48Samuel Blatchford1882-1893RNYArthurfed distr judge, 2nd Cir judgelawyer
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49Lucius Q. C. Lamar II1888-1893DMSClevelandGA House, US House for MS, US Sec of Interior, US Sen for MIlawyer
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50Melville Fuller1888-1910DILClevelandIL Houselawyer
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51David Josiah Brewer1889-1910RKSHarrisonlocal judge in KS, 8th Cir Court of Appeals, KS Supr Courtlawyer, city attorney for just one year (1869)
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52Henry Billings Brown1890-1906RMIHarrisonDetroit circuit judge, US distr judgelawyer, asst US attny, 1863-68
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53George Shiras, Jr.1892-1903RPAHarrisonfederal electorlawyer
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54Howell Edmunds Jackson1893-1895DTNHarrisonUS Sen from TN, 6th Cir judge, TN Houselawyer
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55Edward Douglass White1894-1921DLA Cleveland/TaftUS Sen for LA, LA Senlawyer
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56Rufus Wheeler Peckham1895-1909DNYClevelandNY Supr Court, NY Court of Appeals, dem nat convlawyer, Albany DA, 1869-72
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57Joseph McKenna1898-1925RCAMcKinleyUS Attny Gen, US 9th Cir, US House for CA
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58Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.1902-1932RMARooseveltMA Supr Courtlawyer
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59William R. Day1903-1922ROHRooseveltUS Asst Sec of State, Sec of State, US 6th Cirlawyer
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60William Henry Moody1906-1910RMARooseveltUS AG, US Sec of Navy, US House for MAlawyer, US attny 1890-95, Lizzie Borden case
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61Horace Harmon Lurton1910-1914??TNTaftUS 6th Cir, TN judgelawyer
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62Charles Evans Hughes1910-1916RNYTaftNY gov, US Sec of Statelawyer
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63Willis Van Devanter1911-1937??WYTaftWY terr judge, 8th cirlawyer, city attny 1887-88 (MINOR)
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64Joseph Rucker Lamar1911-1916??GATaftGA House, GA Sup Courtlawyer
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65Mahlon Pitney1912-1922RNJTaftUS House for NJ, NJ Supr Courtlawyer
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66James Clark McReynolds1914-1941DTNWilsonUS AGlawyer
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67Louis Brandeis1916-1939RMAWilsonlawyer
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68John Hessin Clarke1916-1922DOHWilsonfed distr judgelawyer
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69William Howard Taft1921-1930ROHHarding
US Pres, US Sec of War, 6th Cir judge, prov gov of Cuba, Philip., US Solictor Gen, Cincinnati judge
lawyer, asst county pros (2 years, MINOR)
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70George Sutherland1922-1938RUT HardingUS House, US Sen, UT Senlawyer
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71Pierce Butler1923-1939RMNHardinglawyer, county attny 1893-96
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72Edward Terry Sanford1923-1930RTNHardingUS Asst AG, fed distr judgelawyer
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73Harlan F. Stone1925-1946RNYCoolidgeUS AGlawyer
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62Charles Evans Hughes1930-1941RNYHooversee abovesee above
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74Owen Roberts1930-1945RPAHoover
asst DA 1903-06, Special Counsel, Teapot Dome scandal, 1924
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75Benjamin Cardozo1932-1938??NYHooverNY Court of Appealslawyer
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76Hugo Black1937-1971DALRooseveltUS Sen for AL4 year terms as county prosecuting attny
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77Stanley Forman Reed1938-1957DKYRooseveltKY House, Fed Farm Boardlawyer
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78Felix Frankfurter1939-1962DMARooseveltlawyer
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79William O. Douglas1939-1975DCTRooseveltchairman of SEClawyer
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80Frank Murphy1940-1949DMIRooseveltUS AG, gov of MI, amb to Phil, Detroit mayorlawyer, US attny - 1st to open a civil rights division
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81James F. Byrnes1941-1942DSCRooseveltSC gov, Sec of State, US House, US Sen, director of officeslawyer
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82Robert H. Jackson1941-1954DNYRooseveltUS AG, US Solictor Gen, NY Senlawyer
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83Wiley Blount Rutledge1943-1949DIARooseveltUS Distr of COlumbia judgelawyer
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84Harold Hitz Burton1945-1958ROHTrumanUS Sen, mayor of Columbus, OH Houselawyer
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85Fred M. Vinson1946-1953DKYTrumanUS Sec of Treas, US Court of Appeals for DClawyer, city attny
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86Tom C. Clark1949-1967DTXTrumanUS AGlawyer, civil DA, DOJ for war risk
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87Sherman Minton1949-1956DINTrumanUS Sen, US Court of Appeals 7th Cirlawyer, asst to local county pros
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88Earl Warren1953-1969RCAEisenhowerBig time Alameda County prosecutor, Cal AG
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89John Marshall Harlan II1955-1971Eisenhower
AUSA for SDNY, Special Assistant Attorney General of New York. Significant prosecutions in NY during Prohibition.
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90William BrennanEisenhowerprivate practice, labor law, military
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91Charles Evans WhittakerCorporate law
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92Potter Stewartprivate practice
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93Byron Whiteprivate practice
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94Arthur Goldberglabor lawyer
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95Abe Fortasprivate practice (Arnold & Fortas/Arnold & Porter)
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96Thurgood Marshallcivil rights law
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97Warren Burgerprivate practice
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98Harry Blackmunprivate practice, Mayo Clinic
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99Lewis Powellprivate practice, Virginia School Board
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100William Rehnquistprivate practice, Asst. AG
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101John Paul Stevensprivate practice, Greenberg Commission special prosecutor
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102Sandra Day O'ConnorAsst AG, 1965-69, prosecutorial role, research further
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103Antonin Scaliaprivate practice, academia
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104Anthony Kennedyprivate practice
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105David SouterAsst AG, significant prosecution
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