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Favorable or Unfavorable #132: Benjamin Cardozo


Favorable or Unfavorable #132: Benjamin Cardozo  

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Justice Cardozo of NY had a short but impactful career on the Supreme Court. Hoover's appointment of Cardoza apparently had nothing to do with politics or partisanship or election. He sought the most gifted legal mind not yet on the court. Justice Stone failed to get Coolidge to put him on the court in 1925. Stone threatened to resign to make room for Cardoza when Hoover was considering someone else. College law professors pushed Hoover toward Cardoza, and then the endorsement by Sen. William Borah, a progressive Republican from ID, pushed Hoover to nominate him. He basically had no opposition except from anti-semites. 

His actions:

Cardozo, Benjamin 1932 Confirmed to the SC for Hoover, despite being Liberal Democrat
Cardozo, Benjamin 1932 Authors maj opinion finding TX primaries prohibiting blacks from voting as unconst (Nixon v Condon)
Cardozo, Benjamin 1933 First openly agnostic justice (culturally Jewish, however)
Cardozo, Benjamin 1933 One of the New Deal era Three Musketeers liberal justices
Cardozo, Benjamin 1937 Authors maj opinion upholding unemployment compensation in SS Act (Steward Machine co v Davis)
Cardozo, Benjamin 1938 Dies in office
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