Death of Judge Learned Hand, Greatest Judge to Never Sit on Supreme Court Hot

Death of Judge Learned Hand, Greatest Judge to Never Sit on Supreme Court

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Learned Hand, sometimes called "the greatest judge to never sit on the Supreme Court," or even "the 10th justice of the Supreme Court," dies in New York City at the age of 89.

Learned Hand earned the aforementioned titles because he has been quoted more frequently than any other lower-court judge by legal scholars and in the Supreme Court decisions.

Learned Hand was appointed to the federal bench by President William Howard Taft in 1909, and he remained in the federal court system until 1951, when he retired at the age of 79.

He spent 15 years on the district court bench and 27 years on the Appeals Court bench. In that time Learned Hand wrote 2,000 legal opinions.

Justice Felix Frankfurter comments on the passing of his friend:

"That Hand was never chosen must surely serve those, if there any be, who seek to be chosen and those who are there, as a temptation to reflection on the caprices of fortune."


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