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Associate Justice Harold H. Burton Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE HAROLD H. BURTON
Born: June 22, 1888 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Died: October 28, 1964 in Washington, District of Columbia
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Harold Hitz Burton was born on June 22, 1888, in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. A recognized figure in American political and legal landscapes, Burton's contributions spanned several decades and numerous roles. Before reaching national prominence, Burton served as the Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, from 1936 to 1940. His leadership in Cleveland marked a significant phase in the city's governance, marked by substantial civic engagement.

In 1941, Burton's political career advanced to the national stage when he was elected a U.S. Senator from Ohio, a position he held until 1945. His tenure in the Senate was characterized by his active participation in several key legislative efforts. Burton's most significant role, however, was his service on the U.S. Supreme Court as an Associate Justice. Appointed by President Harry S. Truman in 1945, Burton served on the bench until 1958. During his term, he was part of numerous significant rulings, including Shelley v. Kraemer, a pivotal decision against racially restrictive housing covenants. Burton's early life also included service in the U.S. Army during World War I, reaching the rank of Captain.

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