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The Jay, Rutledge, and Ellsworth Courts (1789–1800)

Introduction

What other early Supreme Court justice participated in the writing of the Judiciary Act of 1789?

Justice William Paterson helped his Princeton classmate, Oliver Ellsworth, draft the Judiciary Act of 1789 when both served in the U.S. Senate. Paterson is perhaps best known in history for coming up with the New Jersey Plan, which would have provided for a one-house Congress, during the Philadelphia Convention.



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