The Empty Chair: Reflections on an Absent Justice

Green Bag Almanac & Reader 131-142 (2020)

Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series No. 2020-60

14 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2020

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Jennifer L. Behrens

Duke University School of Law, J. Michael Goodson Law Library

Date Written: June 10, 2020

Abstract

This article examines a January 1888 letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Morrison Waite from Associate Justice Stanley Matthews. Justice Matthews requested time away from the notoriously overworked Court’s session in order to attend the funeral of Dr. Peter Parker, renowned medical missionary and diplomat. The piece presents biographical sketches of Justice Matthews and Dr. Parker, and considers the historical context of the potential absence on the late nineteenth-century Court’s operations.

Keywords: Stanley Matthews, Morrison Waite, Peter Parker, Supreme Court, judges, biography, history

Suggested Citation

Behrens, Jennifer, The Empty Chair: Reflections on an Absent Justice (June 10, 2020). Green Bag Almanac & Reader 131-142 (2020), Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series No. 2020-60, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3689944

Jennifer Behrens (Contact Author)

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