The United States Senate votes 47-22 to approve of the nomination of Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court. Louis Brandeis thus becomes the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice.
Brandeis' nomination was hotly contested when it was announced in January because, as Justice William O. Douglas writes,
"Brandeis was a militant crusader for social justice whoever his opponent might be. He was dangerous not only because of his brilliance, his arithmetic, his courage.
He was dangerous because he was incorruptible...[and] the fears of the Establishment were greater because Brandeis was the first Jew to be named to the Court."
There was also probably more than a little anti-Semitism in the opposition. On the other hand, Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis Brandeis based on his own personal knowledge of the man and their personal relationship, so he is relatively unknown to many in the government.