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Celebrating 200 Years

The Bicentennial of the Louisiana Supreme Court

1813-2013

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Celebrating 200 years . The Bicentennial of the Louisiana Supreme Courrt 1813-2013

 

Louisiana Supreme Court Justices

1813-Present

 

Associate Justice Benjamin Cornwell Dawkins, Sr.

Benjamin Cornwell Dawkins, Sr.
(1881 - 1966)


Judge, Louisiana District Court for Parishes of Ouachita and Morehouse, 1912-1918


Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court, 1918-1924


Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 1924-1948


Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 1948 – 1953

 

Born in Ouachita City, Louisiana, 1881 • Tulane Law School, L.L.B, 1906 • Private practice in Monroe, Louisiana, 1906–1912 • Began his judicial career in 1912 • A life-long Democrat, he was appointed to the Federal Bench by President Calvin Coolidge, a Republican, in 1924 • As a federal jurist he is known for two important cases, Palmer vs. Bender, a landmark decision in tax litigation involving mineral rights and the famous 1927 Ford Motor Company Stock Valuation case • Dawkins assumed senior status in 1953 and continued in that role until his death on August 22, 1966