Supreme Court Trivia

Careers Away from the Court

What former justice was a practicing medical doctor?

Samuel Freeman Miller, who served on the Court from 1862 to 1890, graduated from Transylvania University in 1838 with a degree in medicine. He practiced medicine for 12 years in Knox County, Kentucky, before going into the practice of law. Justice Noah Haynes Swayne also studied medicine in his youth before turning to the study of law. Justice Hugo Black attended Birmingham Medical School for one year.


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