Tue July 24, 2012
House approves naming federal courthouse for Jackson
The House of Representatives has voted in favor of Buffalo's new Federal Courthouse for Robert H. Jackson, highlighting one of the more remarkable legal careers in the nation's history.
The measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to follow suit.
Jackson was educated in Chautauqua County schools in Frewsburg and Jamestown and practiced law in Buffalo. Though he never graduated from law school, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Jackson as U.S. Attorney General in 1940 and later named him to the Supreme Court.
"Lawrence Tribe, the great constitutional scholar, called Jackson the most piercingly eloquent writer in the history of the United State Supreme Court," said Rep. Brian Higgins, who sponsored the naming.
Jackson also served as chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials against Nazi war criminals.
"He lived in 49 Johnson Park and he worked in the Ellicott Square Building, so, interestingly enough, as he was walking to work from Johnson Park, he would walk by the site of the new federal courthouse every day," Higgins noted.
The new, $142 million courthouse formally opened in May.