Pioneer of Retirement: Justice Samuel Nelson
Ross E. Davies
George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag
April 7, 2014
Green Bag 2d, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 209-233, Winter 2014
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-10
In November 1872, Justice Samuel Nelson retired from the U.S. Supreme Court. The formal farewells were of the good-spirited kind that prominent public figures have almost always received: heavy on recitations of his virtues, light on mentions of flaws that were really, of course, merely misunderstood manifestations of his greatness. There were, however, two unusual features of the Nelson celebrations. This article sketches those oddities and makes a couple of suggestions about their significance then and now.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: Supreme Court bar, Second Circuit bar, resignation, death in office, memorial
JEL Classification: K40
Date posted: April 8, 2014 ; Last revised: April 10, 2014
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