Monday, February 16, 2009

Historical Image of the Day

Our series of images of work in American history has concluded. For this week, Kim G suggested a series of beards. Always happy to oblige requests, this week's images will consist of late 19th century Supreme Court justices and their facial hair. 

Justice Howell Jackson of Tennessee. Named to the court by Benjamin Harrison, he served for 2 years before dying of tuberculosis. His most notable vote was to uphold a law providing a federal income tax, but he was in a minority. Eventually the income tax became the 16th Amendment to the Constitution because it was consistently popular but consistently overruled by a conservative Court.