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Sherman Minton was born in Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana. In 1915, he was admitted to the bar and began practicing in New Albany, Indiana. After practicing in New Albany for ten years, Minton moved to Miami, Florida, where he practiced for three years before returning to Indiana. In 1933, he became public counselor of Indiana. Two years later, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served for three terms (1935-1941). In 1949, Harry S Truman appointed Minton to the U.S. Supreme Court. His Senate speeches on the topic of judicial reorganization were published.
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Reorganization of Federal Judiciary; speeches of Hon. Sherman Minton of Indiana in the Senate of the United States, July 8 and 9, 1937. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1937.