Fortas, Abe

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Lawyer, judge; interviewee b. 1910; d. 1982.

From the description of Reminiscences of Abe Fortas : oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86100438

Abe Fortas was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1910. He received his undergraduate degree from Southwestern College at Memphis in 1930, and his law degree from the Yale Law School in 1933. Fortas taught at Yale from 1933 until 1938, and served concurrently in a series of New Deal positions. He continued in government service from 1938 to 1946, rising to the rank of under secretary of the Interior under Harold L. Ickes. In his final months as under secretary, Fortas represented the United States at the formative United Nations conferences. In 1946, Fortas and Thurman W. Arnold co-founded a law firm that quickly gained a reputation for itself through its representation of large corporations as well as its defense of those brought before government loyalty boards. Fortas personally gained a reputation as one of America's leading attorneys, culminating in his appointment to an array of governmental advisory boards, corporate and artistic boards of directors, and as counsel in the landmark 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainright. In 1965, Fortas was appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, for whom Fortas served as an advisor. He was nominated to be chief justice of the United States in 1968 in the final months of the Johnson administration, but, in the face of strong opposition, asked that his name be withdrawn. He then resigned from the Supreme Court in 1969, returning to private legal practice. Abe Fortas died in 1982.

From the description of Abe Fortas papers, 1935-1983 (inclusive), 1956-1982 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702168723

Lawyer, judge; interviewee b. 1910, d. 1982.

From the description of Reminiscences of Abe Fortas : oral history, 1965. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122528656

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referencedIn Hickenlooper, Bourke B. (Bourke Blakemore), 1896-1971. Bourke B. Hickenlooper papers, 1895-1971. Herbert Hoover Library
referencedIn Graham, Fred P. Fred P. Graham papers, 1947-1983. Library of Congress
referencedIn Barth, Alan. Alan Barth papers, 1937-1981 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Rodell, Fred, 1907-1980. Papers. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Scott, Ann London, 1929-1975. Papers, 1932?-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Fortas, Abe. Correspondence from Eugene Ormandy, 1962. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Charns, Alexander, 1956-. Alexander Charns papers, 1930s-1990s [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Kizer, Carolyn. Papers, 1825-2004. Indiana University
referencedIn Boorstin, Daniel J. (Daniel Joseph), 1914-2004. Daniel J. Boorstin papers, 1882-1995 (bulk 1944-1994). Library of Congress
referencedIn Griffin, Robert P. (Robert Paul), 1923-. Senator Robert P. Griffin Papers, 1940,2003, bulk 1957-1978. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Fortas, Abe. The draft and the war in Vietnam. Florida State University, Law Library
referencedIn Boswell, Martha Gash. Papers, 1940-1969 (bulk 1940-1941). North Carolina Division of Archives & Hist
creatorOf Fortas, Abe. Reminiscences of Abe Fortas : oral history, 1965. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. Joseph Barnes papers, 1907-1970, 1923-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Celler, Emanuel, 1888-1981. Papers of Emanuel Celler, 1924-1973 (bulk 1945-1973). Library of Congress
creatorOf Carnegie Hall (New York, N.Y.). Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1936-1982. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Fortas, Abe. Reminiscences of Abe Fortas : oral history, 1967. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Warren, Earl, 1891-1974. Earl Warren papers, 1864-1974 (bulk 1953-1974). Library of Congress
referencedIn Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963. Charles Edward Clark papers, 1907-1967 (inclusive), 1935-1963 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Goldberg, Arthur J. Arthur J. Goldberg papers, 1793-1990 (bulk 1941-1985). Library of Congress
referencedIn Spong, William B. (William Belser), 1920-1997. Papers of William B. Spong [manuscript], 1957-1988. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980. William O. Douglas papers, 1801-1980 (bulk 1923-1975). Library of Congress
referencedIn Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. Max Lerner papers, 1927-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959. Ernest Bloch collection, 1888-1981 (bulk 1912-1959). Library of Congress
referencedIn Altman, Leonard, 1920-1996. Leonard Altman papers, 1930-1995. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Wright, J. Skelly. Papers, 1933-1987 (bulk 1948-1986). Library of Congress
referencedIn Wright, J. Skelly. J. Skelly Wright papers, 1933-1987 (bulk 1948-1986). Library of Congress
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986. Chester Bowles papers, 1924-1982 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Kluger, Richard. Brown vs. Board of Education collection, 1950-1975 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Fortas, Abe. Abe Fortas papers, 1935-1983 (inclusive), 1956-1982 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Alsop, Stewart, 1914-1974. Stewart Alsop collection, 1958-1973. Boston University, School of Medical
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