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Learned Hand

Learned HandAKA Billings Learned Hand

Born: 27-Jan-1872
Birthplace: Albany, NY
Died: 18-Aug-1961
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Agnostic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Judge

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Influential American justice

Probably the most influential judge in American history who never sat on the US Supreme Court. He served on the Southern District of New York (1909-24), and the Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit (1924-51), being Chief Justice after 1939.

Father: Samuel Hand (b. 1-May-1833, d. 21-May-1886)
Mother: Lydia Coit Learned
Sister: Lydia Marcia Hand Hun (b. 1-Feb-1864)
Wife: Frances Amelia Fincke (m. 6-Dec-1902)
Daughter: Mary Deshon Hand (b. 1905)
Daughter: Frances Lydia Hand (b. 1907)
Daughter: Constance Hand Morris (b. 1909)

    High School: Albany Academy
    University: BA, Harvard University (1893)
    University: MA Philosophy, Harvard University (1894)
    Law School: LLB, Harvard Law School (1896)

    US District Judge Southern District of New York (1909-24)
    American Bar Association
    American Law Institute
    New York State Bar Association 1897
    Harvard Law Review Editor
    Phi Beta Kappa Society 1893

Author of books:
The Spirit of Liberty (1952, speeches)
The Bill of Rights (1958, speeches)
The Art and Craft of Judging (1968, annoted by Hershel Shanks)


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