March 19th, 2017

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Supreme Court: Earl Warren

On this date in 1891, Earl Warren was born in Los Angeles, California. After receiving his LL.B. in 1914, he worked as a lawyer for a few years, before enlisting in the Army during World War I. After the war, he worked as an attorney for the city of Oakland and the state legislature in California. He was the District Attorney of Alameda County from 1925 to 1939, and then the Attorney General of California until 1943. He was the governor of California from 1943 to 1953, and then, on October 5, 1953, Dwight Eisenhower appointed him the 14th Chief Justice. Warren took his seat at the age of 62 years 200 days; he is number six on the list of oldest people appointed to the Supreme Court. Warren retired from the Court in 1969, and died in July 1974.
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Cabinet: James V. Forrestal

On this date in 1949, after a year and a half in office, first Secretary of Defense James Vincent Forrestal retired from the Cabinet (he'd previously been the last Cabinet-level Secretary of the Navy, from May 1944). Born in 1892, Forrestal died on May 22, 1949, 64 days after leaving the Cabinet. His is the second-shortest retirement of all Cabinet Secretaries.

The first US supercarrier, the USS Forrestal (CV-59, in service from 1955 to 1993) was named for him.