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Today at the Court - Monday, Aug 15, 2022


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Did You Know...

Last Order of Business


On Friday, August 15, 1800, the Supreme Court of the United States convened in Philadelphia for the last time. The city had served as the temporary home for the federal government for nearly ten years. That day, the Justices disposed of four cases and accepted the resignation of Clerk of the Court Samuel Bayard, and swore in Elias B. Caldwell as the new Clerk. Bayard, a Philadelphian who had served as Clerk since the government’s arrival in Philadelphia, resigned because he wished to remain in the city, and the Rules of the Court stipulated that the Clerk be a resident of the seat of the national government. The Justices also assigned circuit duties for the upcoming Term that day, and then they adjourned. By the fall of 1800, all three branches relocated to their new home in Washington, D.C., making this meeting the last of any branch of the federal government in Philadelphia.

 

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One of the Court’s last pieces of business on August 15, 1800, was this allotment order assigning the Justices to the various circuits. It was signed by the four Justices who were present that day: William Paterson, Samuel Chase, Bushrod Washington and Alfred Moore. Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth and Justice William Cushing were absent.
One of the Court’s last pieces of business on August 15, 1800, was this allotment order assigning the Justices to the various circuits. It was signed by the four Justices who were present that day: William Paterson, Samuel Chase, Bushrod Washington and Alfred Moore. Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth and Justice William Cushing were absent.
Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
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Before moving to Washington, D.C., the Supreme Court met in this room in Congress Hall from August 5-15, 1800. The room had previously been used by the U.S. Senate. It was the third, and last, room the Supreme Court used as its courtroom in the three buildings known collectively today as Independence National Historical Park.
Before moving to Washington, D.C., the Supreme Court met in this room in Congress Hall from August 5-15, 1800. The room had previously been used by the U.S. Senate. It was the third, and last, room the Supreme Court used as its courtroom in the three buildings known collectively today as Independence National Historical Park.
Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
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What's New

Activities for Students & Families


Now available is an interactive edition of the Supreme Court Activity Booklet, featuring puzzles, slideshows, and quizzes to enhance the content. In addition, please enjoy a series of Games & Puzzles for kids of all ages.


Activity Booklet Activity Booklet
Recommended for grades 5-12. A variety of activities about Court history and the art and architecture of the Supreme Court Building.

Activity Booklet PDF View Online

 

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Find the Courtroom Maze
Find the Courtroom Maze Click on the arrows or dots to see the next image.
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Detect the Differences: Great Hall Lion Metope
Detect the Differences: Great Hall Lion Metope Click on the arrows or dots to see the next image.
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Oral Argument Themed Word Puzzle
Oral Argument Themed Word Puzzle Click on the arrows or dots to see the next image.
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Detect the Differences: John Marshall's Portrait
Detect the Differences: John Marshall’s Portrait Click on the arrows or dots to see the next image.

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