Pioneer of Retirement: Justice Samuel Nelson

Green Bag 2d, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 209-233, Winter 2014

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-10

26 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014 Last revised: 10 Apr 2014

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: April 7, 2014

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Supreme Court bar, Second Circuit bar, resignation, death in office, memorial

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., Pioneer of Retirement: Justice Samuel Nelson (April 7, 2014). Green Bag 2d, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 209-233, Winter 2014; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2421326

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