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 Felix Frankfurter

Felix Frankfurter

Birth
Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death 22 Feb 1965 (aged 82)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Columbarium 4, Niche E-59, Story Chapel
Memorial ID 363 · View Source
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United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. He served on the United States Supreme Court from 1939 until 1961. Born in Vienna, Austria to Jewish parents, his family relocated to New York City, New York in 1894 when he was eleven years old. After attending the City College of New York, he received his Law degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He obtained his first high profile position as an assistant to future cabinet secretary Henry Stimson and later served as a legal adviser to President Woodrow Wilson during the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, thus cementing his loyalty to the Democratic Party. A Zionist, Frankfurter also came to prominence as a founder of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920. A longtime ally and member of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inner circle, he was an adviser while Roosevelt was Governor of New York, exerting influence on the decision making of a wide range of issues, and was instrumental in shaping Roosevelt’s New Deal agenda. President Roosevelt rewarded Frankfurter with an appointment to the United States Supreme Court in 1939 after the passing of Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo. During his tenure, he took a firm stance on protecting the integrity of the Federal Government and had a “laissez-faire” stance of non-governmental involvement in regards to the rights of individuals. Additionally, he used his influence to sway other justices’ opinions. He retired from the Bench in 1962, and was succeeded by Justice Arthur Goldberg. In July 1963 he was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy. He died from heart failure in 1965.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 363
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Felix Frankfurter (15 Nov 1882–22 Feb 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 363, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .