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Robert H. Jackson

Born: Feb 13, 1892

Death: Oct 9, 1954

Birthplace: Spring Creek Township

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Robert H. Jackson

Date of Birth : Feb 13, 1892
Date of Death : Oct 9, 1954
Birth Place : Spring Creek Township

Robert Houghwout Jackson was United States Solicitor General, United States Attorney General and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He is the only person in United States history to have held all three of those offices. He was also the chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials. A "county-seat lawyer", he remains the last Supreme Court justice appointed who did not graduate from any law school, although he did attend Albany Law School in Albany, New York for one year. He is remembered for his famous advice that "any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances" and for his aphorism describing the Supreme Court, "We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final." Many lawyers revere Justice Jackson as one of the best writers on the court, and one of the most committed to due process protections from overreaching federal agencies.


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