JUDICIARY: Court All Packed

Not since George Washington had one President appointed seven Supreme Court Justices—until last week. And only Washington, setting up the Court for the first time, had appointed so many from his own political party. But last week's appointments of Attorney General Robert Jackson and Senator James Byrnes, far from rousing charges of partisanship, were hailed as statesmanlike appointments.

Chief reason was the President's appointment of Harlan Stone, 68, Republican, liberal, a Coolidge appointee, as Chief Justice. Last week the U.S. realized how much it liked the idea of a solid man as...