Judges in Politics

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Federal Judges and Judicial Independance

Selection of nominees for the presidency in 1952 may involve debate, not only on the wisdom of sending a military man to the White House, but also on the propriety of reaching into the federal judiciary for a presidential candidate. Support of Gen. Eisenhower for the Republican nomination raises an issue repeatedly encountered in American political history.1 The possibility that another familiar issue—that of judges as presidential candidates—will be revived arises from suggestions that President Truman, if he does not run again, may urge the Democrats to turn to Chief Justice Vinson as a standard bearer who would be acceptable to both the northern and the southern wing of the party.

Although a number of military leaders have served as President, ...

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