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First Jewish Justice: Louis Brandeis
05.22.12, 08:29 AM CDT

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Louis J. Brandeis

Dates Served: 1916-1939

Nominated by: Woodrow Wilson

The first Jewish nominee, Louis Brandeis, was appointed in 1916, after a tumultuous hearing process. The 1932 appointment of Benjamin Cardozo raised mild controversy for placing two Jewish Justices on the Court at the same time, although the appointment was widely lauded based on Cardozo's qualifications, and the Senate was unanimous in confirming Cardozo.


Known for radicalism and anti-corporate views as well as a fierce dedication to free speech and the right to privacy, his appointment was as controversial for his background and views as for his Jewish faith.


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