Keith E. Whittington
kewhitt at PRINCETON.EDU
Thu Sep 6 10:15:00 PDT 2001
FDR apparently gave serious consideration to appointing Edward Corwin to the
Supreme Court. Corwin taught in Princeton's political science department and
was trained as a historian, but was not a lawyer. I think that may be as close
as a non-lawyer has gotten to the Court.
In response to an earlier post, Jean Edward Smith's biography of John Marshall
indicates that he was licensed to practice law in Virginia in 1780 and
maintained an active law practice in the 1780s and 1790s and served as
Virginia's acting attorney general in the 1790s.
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