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Proceedings of the BAR and OFFICERS of
NINETEEN HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE.
CITY OF WASHINGTON
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1921.
The Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the officers of the Court met in the court room in the Capitol at 12 o'clock noon.
On motion of Mr. FREDERIC D. McKENNEY, Mr. JOHN W. DAVIS was elected Chairman and Mr. WILLIAM R. STANSBURY, Secretary.
On taking the Chair, Mr. Davis said:
Mr. JOHN W. DAVIS
GENTLEMEN OF THE BAR:
We are assembled to pay our tribute of respect to the memory of the late Chief Justice of the United States. To the elevation of his life and the distinction of his career we can add nothing by any words of ours, but our duty to the profession which we serve and in whose service his life also was spent would be left undone if we failed to place on record our estimate of his personal character and of his contribution to the jurisprudence of his country. After a lifetime of public service, closing with twenty-seven years upon the Supreme Court of the United States, he died in the occupancy of the highest post open to an American lawyer, and one which, in its singular power, is without parallel in this or perhaps in any other country. During his incumbency as associate Justice and Chief Justice there came a development and expansion of the powers of the federal government and a resulting increase in the labors of the Court unsurpassed during any equal period in the history of the Republic. Two foreign wars brought with them problems of novel and untried extent which tested to the full the vigor of our governmental structure; and legislation passed in response to advancing public sentiment spread the federal power to many untrodden fields.
Through all this sequence of great events, Chief Justice White moved as a foremost actor, and the future voyage of the Ship of State will be charted from precedents which he assisted to establish. Logical and penetrating in intellect, bold in thought and tenacious in conviction, lofty and unselfish in his devotion to his country, it is not too much to say that none of those who have occupied that great seat has filled it more worthily; and when his sculptured presentment comes to join those of his predecessors on the walls of this historic chamber, even that immortal company will be the richer for his presence.
Viewing in retrospect the panorama of his life, there come to my mind the words of the great commander who led the armies of his boyhood:
“There is a true glory and a true honor, the glory of duty done, the honor of the integrity of principle."
On motion of Mr. GEORGE SUTHERLAND, the Chair appointed a Committee on Resolutions:
Committee on Resolutions
Mr. GEORGE SUTHERLAND, Chairman.