Abe Fortas, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Abe Fortas

United States Supreme Court Justice

Date of Birth: 19-Jun-1910

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Date of Death: 05-Apr-1982

Profession: judge, lawyer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Abe Fortas

  • Abraham Fortas (June 19, 1910 – April 5, 1982) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1965 to 1969. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Fortas became a law professor at Yale University, and then an advisor for the U.S.
  • Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Fortas worked at the Department of the Interior under President Franklin D.
  • Roosevelt, and during that time President Harry S.
  • Truman appointed him to delegations that helped set up the United Nations in 1945. In 1948 Fortas represented Lyndon Johnson in the hotly contested Democratic Senatorial Second Primary electoral dispute, and he formed close ties with the president-to-be.
  • Fortas also represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the U.S.
  • Supreme Court, in a landmark case involving the right to counsel. Nominated by Johnson to the Supreme Court in 1965, Fortas was confirmed by the Senate, and maintained a close working relationship with the president.
  • In 1968, Johnson tried to elevate Fortas to the position of Chief Justice, but that nomination faced a filibuster at least in part due to ethics problems that later caused Fortas to resign from the Court.
  • Fortas returned to private practice, sometimes appearing before the justices with whom he had served.

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