Supreme Court of the United States

Benjamin N. Cardozo

by follers on August 3, 2017

Birth Name: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

Date of Birth: May 24, 1870

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: July 9, 1938

Place of Death: Port Chester, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Benjamin N. Cardozo was an American lawyer and jurist. He was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from March 2, 1932 to July 9, 1938, his death. He was also Justice of the Supreme Court of New York for the First Judicial Division, from January 5, 1914 to January 15, 1917, and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, from January 1, 1927 to March 7, 1932.

Justice Cardozo was the son of Rebecca Washington (Nathan) and Albert Jacob Cardozo. His family was Jewish, both Sephardi (from England, Portugal, Spain, and Morocco) and Ashkenazi (from Germany).

Justice Cardozo was a first cousin of poet Emma Lazarus. Their mothers were sisters.

Justice Cardozo could be considered the first Hispanic Justice on the United States Supreme Court, preceding Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandfather was Michael Hart Cardozo (the son of Isaac Nunez Cardozo and Sarah Hart). Michael was born in Pennsylvania. Isaac was born in London, England, the son of Aaron Nunez Cardozo and Sarah Nunez Navaro. Justice Cardozo’s great-grandmother Sarah Hart was the daughter of Myer Hart/Hart de Shira/Texeira and Rachel de Lyon.

Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Hart (the daughter of Abraham Hart). Ellen was born in Black River, St Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, and was a first cousin of Justice Cardozo’s paternal grandfather. Abraham was born in Virginia, the son of Myer Hart/Hart de Shira/Texeira and Rachel de Lyon.

Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Mendes Seixas Nathan (the son of Simon Nathan and Grace Mendes Seixas). Isaac was born in New York. Simon was born in Frome, Somerset, England, the son of Judah Nathan. Grace was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Isaac Mendes Seixas, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and of Rachel Franks Levy, who was born in London, England.

Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Mendes Seixas (the daughter of Benjamin Mendes Seixas and Zipporah Levy). Sarah was born in New York, and was a first cousin of Justice Cardozo’s maternal grandfather. Benjamin was born in Rhode Island, the son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Franks Levy. Zipporah was born in New York, the daughter of Hayman Levy, who was born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and of Sloe Myers.

Source: Genealogy of Benjamin N. Cardozo – https://www.geni.com

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David Davis

by follers on August 2, 2017

Date of Birth: March 9, 1815

Place of Birth: Cecil County, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Death: June 26, 1886

Place of Death: Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, likely Welsh

David Davis was an American politician. He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from October 17, 1862 to March 4, 1877, a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from March 4, 1877 to March 4, 1883, and President pro tempore of the United States Senate, from October 13, 1881 to March 3, 1883.

He was the Labor Reform Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1872, before withdrawing his candidacy. While he was not on the ballot, he received an electoral vote for President in the 1872 election.

Justice Davis was the son of Ann (Mercer) and David Davis. He was married to Sarah Woodruff Walker, with whom he had two children.

Justice Davis was a first cousin, three times removed, of President George H. W. Bush. Justice Davis’ maternal grandparents were also President Bush’s three times maternal great-grandparents. Justice Davis was therefore also a first cousin, four times removed, of President George W. Bush and Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, and a first cousin, five times removed, of politician George P. Bush and teacher, author, and journalist Jenna Bush Hager.

Justice Davis’ paternal grandparents were Naylor Davis and Jane Lyons.

Justice Davis’ maternal grandparents were John Mercer and Rebecca Davis (the daughter of John Davis and Elizabeth Stockton). Elizabeth was the daughter of John Stockton.

Sources: Genealogy of David Davis (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of David Davis (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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John McLean

by follers on August 2, 2017

Date of Birth: March 11, 1785

Place of Birth: Morris County, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: April 4, 1861

Place of Death: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Ethnicity: Northern Irish, English

John McLean was an American jurist and politician. He was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, from March 4, 1813 to October 8, 1816, Commissioner of the General Land Office, from September 11, 1822 to June 26, 1823, the U.S. Postmaster General, from June 26, 1823 to March 4, 1829, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from March 7, 1829 to April 4, 1861.

He was a candidate for the Anti-Masonic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1832.

Justice McLean was the son of Sophia (Blackford) and Fergus McLean. His father was born in Coleraine, Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland.

Justice McLean’s maternal grandfather was Nathaniel Blackford (the son of John Blackford and Ruth Sutton). Nathaniel was born in New Jersey. Justice McLean’s great-grandfather John Blackford was the son of Daniel Blackford and Ruth Hull. Justice McLean’s great-grandmother Ruth Sutton was the daughter of Thomas Sutton and Mary Adams.

Justice McLean’s maternal grandmother was named Frances Le-Forge.

Source: Genealogy of John McLean (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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Oliver Ellsworth

by follers on August 2, 2017

Date of Birth: April 29, 1745

Place of Birth: Windsor, Connecticut, British America

Date of Death: November 26, 1807

Place of Death: Windsor, Connecticut, U.S.

Ethnicity: English

Oliver Ellsworth was an American lawyer and politician. He was a revolutionary against British rule, and a drafter of the United States Constitution. He was a U.S. Senator from Connecticut, from March 4, 1789 to March 8, 1796, and the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from March 4, 1796 to December 15, 1800.

He was a Federalist Party candidate for President of the United States in 1796.

Chief Justice Ellsworth was the son of Jemima/Jerusha (Leavitt) and David Ellsworth. He was married to Abigail Wolcott, with whom he had nine children.

Chief Justice Ellsworth’s paternal grandfather was Jonathan Ellsworth (the son of Josiah/Joseph Ellsworth and Elizabeth Holcombe). Jonathan was born in Connecticut. Josiah was born in Eelstown, Cambridgeshire, England, the son of John Jeremiah Ellsworth and Lucia Lydia Bower. Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts Bay Colony, the daughter of English parents, Thomas Holcombe, from Devon, and Elizabeth Eno, from Warwickshire.

Chief Justice Ellsworth’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Grant (the daughter of Tahan Grant and Hannah/Anna Palmer). Sarah was born in Connecticut. Tahan was born in Massachusetts Bay Colony, the son of English parents, Matthew Grant, from Dorest, and Priscilla. Hannah was born in Connecticut Colony, the daughter of Nicholas Palmer and Jane Purchase.

Chief Justice Ellsworth’s maternal grandparents were Joshua Leavitt and Hannah Devotion.

Sources: Genealogy of Chief Justice Ellsworth – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Chief Justice Ellsworth (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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James Iredell

by follers on August 2, 2017

Date of Birth: October 5, 1751

Place of Birth: Lewes, England, Great Britain (now United Kingdom)

Date of Death: October 20, 1799

Place of Death: Edenton, North Carolina, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Irish

James Iredell was Attorney General of North Carolina, from July 8, 1779 to April 22, 1782, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from May 12, 1790 to October 20, 1799.

He was a Federalist Party candidate for President of the United States in 1796.

Justice Iredell was born in Lewes, England, the son of Margaret (MucCulloh) and Francis Iredell, a merchant. His father was from Bristol, England. His mother was from Ireland. He moved to the Colonies in 1767, living in North Carolina.

Justice Iredell was married to Hannah Johnston, with whom he had four children.

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