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Failing Justice: Charles Evans Whittaker on the Supreme Court.


Failing justice; Charles Evans Whittaker on the Supreme Court.

Smith, Craig Alan.

McFarland & Co.


351 pages




Smith (American history and social studies education, Missouri State U.) presents a biography of Charles Evans Whittaker (1901-1973), the only Missourian and the first native Kansan appointed to the Court, serving from 1957-1962. Intrigued by the fact that Court historians have consistently rated Whittaker as a failure, Smith undertook a careful examination of primary sources of Whittaker's Court service, interviewed colleagues and legal professionals who knew him before his Supreme Court days, interviewed his family, and reviewed his personal papers. As a result, Smith concludes that "a complete, accurate portrait and a fair assessment of Whittaker's difficulties as well as his achievements was warranted," which Smith offers here to scholars and interested general readers.

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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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