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Flowers left for Ward Hunt
Ward Hunt: Sir, you will be remembered as an American jurist and politician. You were a Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1868 to 1869, and an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1873 to 1882. The political boss Roscoe Conkling, who was an associate of President Ulysses S. Grant. When Samuel Nelson retired from the Supreme Court, Conkling asked Grant to nominate you for the vacancy. You were nominated on December 3, 1872, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 11, and took you seat in January 1873. You had little impact on the court, siding with the majority in all but 22 cases in your ten years on the job and writing only four dissenting opinions. Your most notable contribution came while riding circuit in New York, where he presided over The United States v. Susan B. Anthony. Anthony argued that she was constitutionally guaranteed the right to vote and had not broken the law when she voted in the 1872 election; You found that Anthony had indeed broken the law, ordered the jury to deliver a guilty verdict, and fined Anthony $100 (which she refused to pay). may you rest in peace!
- MFPS
 Added: Mar. 24, 2013

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