THE JUDICIARY: Death of a Scholar

Wiley Rutledge had been sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals for nearly four years when he was summoned one day to the White House. "Wiley," said President Roosevelt, "we had a number of candidates for the court who were highly qualified but they didn't have geography—you have that."

Wiley Rutledge did, indeed, have geography. Born in Kentucky, the son of a circuit-riding Baptist preacher, he had lived, studied and taught in nine states, from Indiana to New Mexico. But he had more than that to recommend him. Always more a teacher than a practicing lawyer, he had made one reputation...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!