Rutherford B. Hayes


Who were his U.S. Supreme Court appointees?

Hayes’s two successful Supreme Court nominees were John Marshall Harlan of Kentucky and William B. Woods of Georgia. Harlan became known as “the Great Dissenter” for his lone dissents in the Civil Rights Cases (1883) and Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Though from a slave owning family in Kentucky, Harlan had farsighted views and ruled that segregation was unconstitutional. Woods, formerly a judge on the 5th Circuit, served only six years on the Court.


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