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President Martin Van Buren appointed the Alabama politician and founder of Florence to a newly created seat on the Supreme Court. He became the first of just four persons ever to sit on the Court after having served in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. His untiring efforts to hear circuit cases prompted Congress to reduce and eventually remove circuit-riding duties from the justices.

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Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

The website provides biographical information about every member of Congress from 1774 to the present.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama

Well-researched with helpful bibliographies, each Encyclopedia of Alabama entry is an effective jumping-off point for getting the facts of the case. Entries range from landmark court cases to influential jurists and legislators. The Encyclopedia aids in framing Justice McKinley's tenure on the Court as part of Alabama history.

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