Hugo Black - Supreme Court Justice

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Hugo Lafayette Black (1886-1971) was an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court between 1937 and 1971.  

Before his appointment to the high court, Black supported President Roosevelt's "New Deal" programs.  FDR selected Black to serve on the court.

Although he was a liberal Democrat, voting in favor of civil rights, Black wrote the majority opinion in the Korematsu case.  In short, he found that in times of national emergency, the federal government could require American citizens to evacuate their homes, leave their businesses and relocate to internment camps.

Black was succeeded by Lewis Powell (a Nixon appointee) who was succeeded by Anthony Kennedy (a Reagan appointee who still holds the seat).

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Image online, courtesy Library of Congress.  LoC reproduction number: LC-USZ62-33516.  




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