Fortas, Abe

(b. 1910)
   US Supreme Court judge. A southerner from Memphis, Tennessee, Fortas was the son of a cabinet maker. Upon completing his law studies, he taught at Yale Law School before entering government service. During the war years, 1942–6, he was secretary of the interior. He then went into private practice in Washington, DC, and rapidly rose to eminence, appearing in a number of landmark cases before the Supreme Court. He was a close friend and family lawyer of President Lyndon B.Johnson, who consulted him on public issues. In 1965, Johnson appointed him to the Supreme Court and in 1968, nominated him to succeed Earl Warren as chief justice. The nomination was strongly contested in the Senate because of Fortas’s liberal views and his vigorous championship of individual rights. His opponents found ammunition in the disclosure that Fortas as a judge had continued to receive a consultant’s fee from the Louis E.Wolfson Foundation, though he had cancelled it when Wolfson was indicted for stock manipulation. Fortas maintained that he had done nothing improper, but under public attack, he resigned in 1969 and returned to private practice.

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  • FORTAS, ABE — (1910–1982), U.S. lawyer and Supreme Court justice. Fortas was born in Memphis, Tennessee, son of a cabinetmaker. A brilliant student, he graduated from Southwestern College (1930) and Yale Law School (1933), where he was Law Journal editor. Upon …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Fortas, Abe — born June 19, 1910, Memphis, Tenn., U.S. died April 6, 1982, Washington, D.C. U.S. jurist. He graduated from Yale University Law School (1933), where he studied under William O. Douglas before following him to the Securities and Exchange… …   Universalium

  • Fortas, Abe — (19 jun. 1910, Memphis, Tenn., EE.UU.–6 abr. 1982, Washington, D.C.). Jurista estadounidense. Se graduó en la escuela de derecho de la Universidad de Yale (1933), donde estudió con William O. Douglas antes de seguirlo al Securities and Exchange… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Fortas, Abe — (1910 82)    American lawyer. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he taught at Yale University. Later he entered the Department of the Interior becoming its undersecretary. In 1965 he became a member of the US Supreme Court. In 1968 he was nominated to… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Abe Fortas — Richter Abe Fortas Abe Fortas (* 19. Juni 1910 in Memphis, Tennessee; † 5. April 1982 in Washington, D.C.) war ein Richter am Obersten Gerichtshof der Vereinigten Staaten. Biografie Der Sohn eines …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Abe Fortas — Infobox Judge name = Abe Fortas imagesize = caption = office = Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court termstart = October 4 1965 termend = May 14 1969 nominator = Lyndon Johnson appointer = predecessor = Arthur Goldberg successor =… …   Wikipedia

  • Abe Fortas — Abraham Fortas (19 juin 1910–5 avril 1982) était un associé de justice de la Cour suprême des États Unis. Il effectua son travail du 4 octobre 1965 jusqu au 14 mai 1969, lorsqu il fut contraint à la démission après avoir accepté de recevoir une… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Abe (given name) — Infobox Given Name Revised name = Abe imagesize= caption= pronunciation= gender = Male meaning = region = origin = related names = Abraham footnotes = Abe (IPAEng|eɪb) is commonly used in English speaking countries as a shortened form of the name …   Wikipedia

  • Fortas — biographical name Abe 1910 1982 American jurist …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Fortas,Abraham — For·tas (fôrʹtəs), Abraham. Known as “Abe.” 1910 1982. American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1965 1969) but resigned over a public controversy about his private finances. * * * …   Universalium

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