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Joseph Rucker Lamar

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Joseph Rucker Lamar
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   William H. Taft
Active:   12/17/1910-1/2/1916
Preceded by:   William Henry Moody
Succeeded by:   Louis Dembitz Brandeis
Personal History
Born:   October 14, 1857
Hometown:   Cedar Grove, GA
Deceased:   January 2, 1916
Undergraduate:   Bethany College, 1877
Law School:   Read law, 1878

Joseph Rucker Lamar (1857-1916) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1910 after a nomination from President William Howard Taft. He served until his death on January 2, 1916. Prior to joining the court, he was a private practice attorney in Augusta, Georgia.[1]

Lamar was one of four justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Taft. He served during The White Court.[2]


Lamar received a B.A. degree from Bethany College in 1877. He received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1905-1911: Attorney in private practice, Augusta, Georgia
  • 1903-1905: Associate justice, Georgia Supreme Court
  • 1893-1895: Member, Commission to Recodify the Laws of Georgia
  • 1886-1889: Member, Georgia House of Representatives
  • 1880-1903: Attorney in private practice, Augusta, Georgia
  • 1879-1880: Professor of Latin, Bethany College[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Lamar was nominated by President William Howard Taft on December 12, 1910, to fill a seat vacated by Justice William Henry Moody. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 15, 1910, and received commission December 17, 1910. Lamar served until his death on January 2, 1916.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Louis Brandeis.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William Henry Moody
Supreme Court
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Louis Dembitz Brandeis