Warren Supreme Court

Warren, Earl

Earl Warren, 1891–1974, American public official and 14th chief justice of the United States (1953–69), b. Los Angeles. He graduated from the Univ. of California Law School in 1912. Admitted (1914) to the bar, he practiced in Oakland, Calif., and held several local offices. He served (1939–43) as state attorney general and was governor of California from 1943 to 1953. In 1948 he was the unsuccessful candidate for Vice President on the Republican ticket headed by Thomas E. Dewey. In Oct., 1953, President Eisenhower appointed him chief justice to succeed Fred M. Vinson. One of the most dynamic of chief justices, Warren led the court toward a number of landmark decisions in the fields of civil rights and individual liberties. Among these were the unanimous 1954 decision, written by Warren, ending segregation in the nation's schools (see Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans.); the one man, one vote rulings, which opened the way for legislative and Congressional reapportionment; and decisions in criminal cases guaranteeing the right to counsel and protecting the accused from police abuses. In 1963–64, Warren headed the commission that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy (see Warren Commission). He retired from the bench in 1969. His public papers were edited by H. M. Christman (1959).

See biographies by J. D. Weaver (1967), G. E. White (1982), and E. Cray (1997); studies by A. Cox (1968), R. H. Sayler et al. (1969), and B. Schwartz (1983).

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(Dis)Entitling the Poor: The Warren Court, Welfare Rights, and the American Political Tradition
Elizabeth Bussiere.
Pennsylvania State University, 1997
The Decline and Fall of the Supreme Court: Living out the Nightmares of the Federalists
Christopher C. Faille.
Praeger Publishers, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Making and the Meaning of the Warren Court" and Chap. 4 "Warren Court, Final Years"
Politics, Democracy, and the Supreme Court: Essays on the Frontier of Constitutional Theory
Arthur S. Miller.
Greenwood Press, 1985
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Social Justice and the Warren Court"
Justices and Presidents: A Political History of Appointments to the Supreme Court
Henry J. Abraham.
Oxford University Press, 1992 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "The Warren Court: From Ike to LBJ, 1953-1969"
The Nomination of Justice Brennan: Eisenhower's Mistake? A Look at the Historical Record
Wermiel, Stephen J.
Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 11, No. 3, Winter 1994
The Origins of a Judicial Icon: Justice Brennan's Warren Court Years
Driscoll, Kevin O'd.
Stanford Law Review, Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2002
John Marshall Harlan: Great Dissenter of the Warren Court
Tinsley E. Yarbrough.
Oxford University Press, 1992
Decision: How the Supreme Court Decides Cases
Bernard Schwartz.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Chief Leads the Court" and Chap. 4 "Super Chief in Action"
The American Political Process
Alan Grant.
Routledge, 2003 (7th edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Judicial Activism and the Warren Court" begins on p. 144
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