Supreme Court Pays Tribute to Cardozo; Hughes Calls Him “mighty Warrior for His Convictions”

Before recessing for the holidays, the Supreme Court today paid warm tribute to the late Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, hearing Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes term him “a mighty warrior for his convictions.”

Replying to an address by Attorney General Homer Cummings, who presented resolutions in praise of the late jurist, the Chief Justice said: “Mr. Justice Cardozo was devoted to our form of government and constitutional guarantees of essential liberties constituted a heritage to be defended at all costs.

“No judge ever came to this court more fully equipped by learning, acumen, dialectical skill and disinterested purpose. He came to us in the full maturity of his extraordinary intellectual power, and no one on this bench has ever served with more untiring industry or more enlightened outlook.

“His gentleness and self-restraint, his ineffable charm, combined with his alertness and mental strength, made him a unique personality. With us who had the privilege of daily association there will ever abide the precious memory not only of the work of a great jurist but of companionship with a beautiful spirit, an extraordinary combination of grace and power.

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