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33 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 17 (2008)
Here Lies the Supreme Court: Revisited

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Here Lies the Supreme Court:


Revisited








                                                 GEORGE A. CHRISTENSEN




    Show me  the manner in which a nation or community cares for its dead and I will
    measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect
    for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.
                                                       -William  Ewart Gladstone


    I have always been more than a bit miffed
with most  American biographies. They al-
most universally end, in my experience, with
the death of their subject, and, for whatever
reason, they almost never address the after-
death events in the life being studied. I do
not here mean  any metaphysical considera-
tions of an afterlife, but I have always felt that
after-death experiences should be addressed
as part of a person's true and complete bi-
ography. Questions of funeral tributes or the
lack thereof, the disposition and location of
remains, and the degree of attention and care
provided to a gravesite are, I think, indicative
of many factors, including the prestige or es-
teem in which the deceased was/is held by the
family, the community and the nation.
    I have a modest personal collection of ref-
erence and biographical material about the U. S.


Supreme  Court and its members, including
what is, in my opinion, the gold standard ref-
erence work, The Congressional Quarterly's
Guide  to the U.S. Supreme  Court.'  This
Bible in the area of Supreme Court studies
is loaded with reference data and information
about the Court, but makes no mention-at
least not in the edition I have at hand-of fi-
nal resting places for the deceased Justices.
Intrigued, I considered this to be a major omis-
sion of significant biographical information. In
1981, therefore, I contacted both the Curator
and the Marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court in
an effort to obtain an accurate, complete, and
up-to-date listing ofthe burial sites of Supreme
Court Justices. I was informed by both officers
at that time that such a source document of
Supreme  Court gravesite information did not
exist.

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