quote of the day
The most ominous spirit of our times, as it seems to me, is the indication of the growth of an intolerent spirit.
– Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948)
Known as a master of building consensus, the two-time Supreme Court justice Charles Evans Hughes was lauded for his brilliant legal mind. As chief justice from 1930 to 1941, he is credited with maintaining the Supreme Court’s ability to function as an independent, coequal branch of government, and for balancing the progressive forces unleashed by the Depression against the conservative forces that sought to confine regulation to a narrow sphere. A prolific and talented writer, he penned twice as many opinions as any of his contemporaries on the Supreme Court. Hughes was elected governor of New York in 1906 and appointed as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1910.