A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Vinson, Frederick Moore

Vinson, Frederick Moore (b. Louisa, Ky., 22 January 1890; d. Washington, D.C., 8 September 1953) At the age of 21 Vinson passed the Ky. bar exam. He entered Congress at 33 and became influential in passing New Deal legislation. He served as judge of the US Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. (1938–43), held several high administrative posts, and was secretary of the Treasury (1945–6) before being confirmed as chief justice on 20 June 1946. The Vinson Court issued several important decisions undermining racial segregation, of which Vinson wrote Shelley v. Kraemer (seeCorrigan v. Buckley), McLaurin v. Oklahoma, and Sweatt v. Painter. Many opinions about subversive activities were given in Vinson’s tenure, of which Vinson authored American Communications Association, C IO et al. v. Douds, Dennis et al. v. United States, and the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Vinson, Frederick Moore," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKTY38982GBNCU1.

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