Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the US Supreme Court

Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the US Supreme Court

by Stephanie L. Slater

Hardcover(1st Edition)



In Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the US Supreme Court, Stephanie Slater uncovers the life and work of Edward Terry Sanford (1865-1930), the only Supreme Court justice who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee. Born and raised in Knoxville, Sanford served as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court from 1923 until his death in 1930. He was one of only six Tennesseans to serve on the nation's highest Court. Slater's delineation of Sanford's contributions to the legal profession illuminates one of Tennessee's favorite sons whose story had, until now, been largely left in the dark. Slater frames Sanford's personality and jurisprudence in a post-Civil War and Taft-era context, and that helps readers better understand both the man and his contributions to the Supreme Court. From Slater's important work we learn about Sanford's early upbringing, the lasting impression a largely pro-Union East Tennessee would leave upon Sanford, his rise from a skilled lawyer to federal judge during the rapid industrialization of Knoxville and the surrounding area, and his eventual appointment to the Supreme Court. Within Sanford's rich legacy is the pivotal role he played in writing the majority opinion in the landmark 1925 case, Gitlow v. New York, a decision which became a critical legal precedent for the expansion of civil rights and civil liberties in the 1950s and 1960s. Slater provides a keen look into the life of a Knoxville native whose judicial career may now be appreciated and studied by a new generation. Sanford, his character, and his life as a Tennessean on the Supreme Court are sure to intrigue legal scholars, students of Tennessee culture and history, and general audiences alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621903697
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 04/30/2018
Edition description: 1st Edition
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Stephanie L. Slater, a three-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, has worked in the state and federal court systems in Tennessee since obtaining her J.D. in 1990. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Supreme Court History and Tennessee Law Review.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 The End Came Swiftly 1

Chapter 2 "A Distinct and Peculiar People" 5

Chapter 3 Sanford's Early Years 29

Chapter 4 Private Practice and Family 55

Chapter 5 Civic and Professional Pursuits and Political Activities 89

Chapter 6 Department of Justice 125

Chapter 7 District Judge 145

Chapter 8 US Supreme Court Justice 183

Chapter 9 The Taft Court 225

Chapter 10 Sanford's Tenure 237

Chapter 11 Gitlow v. New York 281

Chapter 12 Forgotten 305

Appendix: Sanford's Decisions 315

Notes 323

Bibliography 427

Index 455

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