The Clerks of the Four Horsemen

Barry Cushman

Notre Dame Law School

August 19, 2013

Journal of Supreme Court History, Vol. 39 (2014, Forthcoming)
Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1442

The names of Holmes clerks such as Tommy Corcoran and Francis Biddle, of Brandeis clerks such as Dean Acheson and Henry Friendly, and of Stone clerks such as Harold Leventhal and Herbert Wechsler ring down the pages of history. But how much do we really know about Carlyle Baer, Tench Marye, or Milton Musser? This article follows the interesting and often surprising lives and careers of the men who clerked for the Four Horsemen - Justices Van Devanter, McReynolds, Sutherland, and Butler. These biographical sketches confound easy stereotypes, and prove the adage that law, like politics, can make for strange bedfellows.

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Keywords: Supreme Court clerks, Four Horsemen, Van Devanter, McReynolds, Sutherland, Butler, legal history, constitutional history

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Date posted: August 19, 2013 ; Last revised: September 13, 2013

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Cushman, Barry, The Clerks of the Four Horsemen (August 19, 2013). Journal of Supreme Court History, Vol. 39 (2014, Forthcoming); Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1442. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2312520 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2312520

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Notre Dame Law School ( email )
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Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States
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