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Photo From the Attic: Meeting the Press

[IMGCAP(1)]Stanley F. Reed was a World War I veteran who never finished his law degree. But as solicitor general, he straightened out an office in chaos, at one point arguing six major cases before the Supreme Court in two weeks. When President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Reed (seen here facing the cameras in his Justice Department office) to the Supreme Court in 1938, his confirmation was swift: He was nominated on Jan. 15, confirmed by Jan. 25 and seated by Jan. 31. Reed served on the Court for 19 years, retiring at age 73.

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