Breakfast with the Justices: Networking in the Nineteenth Century

Green Bag Almanac & Reader, pp. 109-189, 2014

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-52

83 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2014 Last revised: 22 Oct 2014

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Ross E. Davies

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

Date Written: October 20, 2014

Abstract

On Thursday, September 15, 1887, the Philadelphia bar hosted a lavish “Breakfast to the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States” in that city’s American Academy of Music building. It was the first of a series of events — parades, ceremonies, speeches, and so on — celebrating the centennial of the Constitution of the United States. Some, like the “Breakfast to the Justices,” were by invitation only. Others were open to the public and attracted large crowds — the biggest were probably the “Civic and Industrial Procession” on September 15 and the “Memorial Day Ceremonies in Independence Square” on September 17. All those big events, both the private and the public, surely were exciting at the time and merit further study today. But the focus of this little essay is elsewhere — on a pair of small but instructive (and perhaps also amusing) aspects of the inner workings of the “Breakfast to the Justices.”

Keywords: American Academy of Music, centennial celebration, Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite, Justice Horace Gray, Philadelphia bar, Samuel Pennypacker, U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court of the United States

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., Breakfast with the Justices: Networking in the Nineteenth Century (October 20, 2014). Green Bag Almanac & Reader, pp. 109-189, 2014 ; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 14-52. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2512089

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