Legendary U.S. Supreme Court Liberal Justice Hugo Black was from Alabama
TThe most lasting legacy a president will have is an appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. A life appointment to the High Court is the ultimate power. The nine Supreme Court justices have omnipotent and eternal power over most important decisions affecting public issues and policies in our country. President Trump has had two SCOTUS nominations and confirmations. It’s monumental. These appointments may be his lasting legacy.
The only Alabamian to ever serve on the we The Supreme Court was Hugo Black. It may surprise you, since Alabama is now considered one of the most conservative places in America, but Hugo Black was arguably one of the most liberal Supreme Court justices in history. He was also one of the oldest judges.
Black was the fifth-longest-serving Supreme Court justice. He served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1937 until his death in 1971. Almost 35 of his 85 years on earth were spent on the Supreme Court.
Hugo Bmissing, like most people of that time in History of Alabama, was born on a farm. The black was Rural Clay County. He was the youngest child of a large family. He made his way through the University of Alabama Law School under the tutelage of President George Denny. He shoveled charcoal to fuel the ovens at the University. He graduated from Phi Beta Kappa.
Black began practicing law in Birmingham at the age of 22. He became a Jefferson County District Attorney, then World War I broke out. He served in the war and reached the rank of captain.
In 1926, at age 40, Black was elected to the U.S. Senate. Previously he had practiced as a Labor lawyer and won his seat with the help of the organized Labor Party, particularly in Birmingham. He came to the Senate at the start of the Great Depression. Throughout his tenure in the Senate, America was in the throes of depression. People who lived through this era were marked by it. It made all southern politicians progressive and new merchants.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt arrived at the White House in 1932. His New Deal was the most legendary political achievement in American history. Black has become one of FDR’s staunchest allies. He voted for 24 of Roosevelt’s 24 New Deal programs.
Alabama Profita lot of FDR’s New Deal, especially in rural areas Alabama and the Tennessee Valley. Roosevelt rewarded the young senator from Alabama with a coveted Supreme Court seat. He was one of nine judges appointed by President Roosevelt during his 13-year reign as president.
It is difficult today to imagine that Alabama could produce such a liberal judge. However, at this time in American history, Alabama’s congressional delegation was one of the most liberal in the country. because of the fact that they have totally embraced FDR and its New Deal.
Black was a liberal New Dealer in the Senate, and the Liberals were happy with Alabama’s tenure of Justice for the next 35 years. Liberals see Black as one of the most influential Supreme Court justices of the 20e Century. He literally hung his hat on the 14the Amendment.
Black was part of the court ruling which declared racial segregation at school illegal in the famous Brown v. School board decision. He has been the author of many opinions in favor of civil rights. Black was known for his liberal policies and civil liberties. It was interesting and probably unbelievable to most Americans that Alabama’s only contribution to the Supreme Court was one of the most liberal judges.
In many ways, our current Democratic US Senator, Doug Jones, is very similar to the late Judge Hugo Black. If the truth was known, I guess one of Doug Jones’ idols is Hugo Black.
Jones is a Birmingham, pro-work, civil rights, criminal defense lawyer with training as a prosecutor. He was appointed US attorney by a Democratic president. Doug Jones has been a National Democrat throughout his legal career.
With Jones Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2017, he became and still is a cherished superstar among the national Democratic elitists. He is the only Democratic senator from the Deep South. Liberal Democrats in California and New York love and admire him. Indeed, the vast majority of his campaign money comes from the California and New York zip codes. His defeat of the ultra–conservative, anti-gay marriage judge, Roy Moore, made him a National Democratic rockstar.
It is very likely that the Democrat Joe biden could win the White House. If this happens, look for Doug Jones as a potential vsabinet member. Although at 64 years old, Doug Jones is not the ideal choice for a Supreme Court appointment, it is not outside the realm of possibilities.
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