by John M. Ferren.

In 1939, Wiley Blount Rutledge, Jr. -- the runner-up that year to Felix Frankfurter, then William O. Douglas, for a seat on the Supreme Court  “ was nominated by Franklin Roosevelt to a newly created sixth seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He served there until his elevation four years later to the Supreme Court, where he served until his death in 1949, at age 55, after a cerebral hemorrhage. Read the entire article.