THE JUDICIARY: We Serve Our Hour

On election night in 1916, Charles Evans Hughes went to bed thinking that he had been elected President of the U.S. He woke to find that he was wrong; victory vanished as the returns came in from California. He accepted his defeat philosophically. He was a judicial man who, someone said, looked "like a Victorian child's image of Almighty God." And history had a judicial role cut out for him. He lived out a public career as a tidier-up of disorder, an impeccable caretaker of constitutionality.

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