Skip to content

Photo From the Attic: Riding the Bench

Before he was elected Senator (but never served), John Curtiss Underwood was appointed judge of the U.S. District Court of Virginia. In 1866, he presided over the grand jury that indicted Confederate President Jefferson Davis for treason, and he later denied bail to Davis because he was in military custody. In 1865, he was elected to the Senate by the Virginia Legislature but could not serve because the state had not yet been readmitted to the Union.

Recent Stories

Wyden wants more Medicaid funding to keep obstetric units open

Supreme Court’s redistricting decision could hurt map challengers

Does Joe Biden need a miracle or just a bit of good luck?

Graves decides not to run after Louisiana district redrawn

Garland won’t face contempt of Congress charge over Biden audio

Hold on to your bats! — Congressional Hits and Misses