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Supreme Court justice from Alabama getting a new portrait

March 3, 2019

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — One of the most prominent judges in Alabama’s history is getting a new portrait.

Al.com reports the new painting of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John McKinley is scheduled to be unveiled Wednesday at the Weeden House Museum in Huntsville.

McKinley was an Alabama congressman from Huntsville before he was appointed to the nation’s highest court in 1837 by President Martin Van Buren. His appointment came after Congress expanded the Supreme Court from seven seats to nine. McKinley served 14 years on the court until 1952, the year he died.

The Weeden House Museum is located in McKinley’s former home. The portrait is being unveiled by the Huntsville/Madison County Bicentennial Committee.

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