U.S. Supreme Court
MINTON, Sherman (1890-1965)

MINTON, SHERMAN, a Senator from Indiana; born in Georgetown, Floyd County, Ind., October 20, 1890; attended the public schools; graduated from the law department of Indiana University at Bloomington in 1915, and from Yale University in 1916; admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in New Albany, Ind.; during the First World War served as a captain in the Motor Transport Corps 1917-1919, serving overseas one year; captain in the Infantry section, Officers' Reserve Corps 1919-1943; moved to Miami, Fla., in 1925 and continued the practice of law; returned to New Albany, Ind., in 1928 and resumed the practice of law; public counselor of Indiana 1933-1934; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1935, to January 3, 1941; Democratic whip 1939-1941; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Seventy-sixth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940; served as administrative assistant in the Executive Office of the President 1941; judge of the circuit court of appeals for the seventh circuit 1941-1949; appointed by President Harry S. Truman as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, taking the oath of office October 12, 1949, and served until October 15, 1956, when he resigned due to ill health; was a resident of New Albany, Ind., where he died April 9, 1965; interment in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

Almost all of Minton's non-judicial papers were burned in 1960.



Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Felix Frankfurter papers, 1900-1965 (bulk 1939-1962). Access restricted, permission required.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in Meredith Nicholson papers, 1890-1947; and Carleton Buel McCulloch papers, 1933-1946.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1955, 1962. 1 speech (1955); 1 letter (1962); and photographs.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Kurt F. Pantzer papers, 1878-1979; Hugh A. Barnhart papers, 1898-1964 (bulk 1932-1964); and scrapbook of clippings (1938-1940) relating to 1940 campaign in Raymond E. Willis papers, 1936-1950 (bulk 1938-1947).
Oral History: Discussed in 2 oral histories.

Indiana University
Lilly Library
Bloomington, IN
Papers: 1934-1965. 3 boxes. Correspondence with colleagues in Congress, on Franklin Roosevelt's staff, and on the Supreme Court; speeches; radio addresses; press releases; ephemeral material from his 1934 campaign; photographs; and printed material. Also, correspondence in William Albert Alexander papers, 1916-1943.

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library
Providence, RI
Papers: 15 items (1940-1960) in J. Lyons Moore papers.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: Correspondence in William H. Benjamin letters, 1935-1936.

Harry S. Truman Library
Independence, MO
Papers: 1949-1956. 4 feet. Correspondence, memoranda, rough drafts of legal decisions, and other papers relating to opinions delivered as associate justice of the Supreme Court. Finding aid.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957); and Richard Kluger Brown v. Board of Education collection, 1950-1975.

  • Atkinson, David N. "From New Deal Liberal to Supreme Court Conservative: The Metamorphosis of Justice Sherman Minton.'' Washington University Law Quarterly (1975): 361-94.
  • Braden, George D. "Mr. Justice Minton and the Truman Bloc.''Indiana Law Journal 26 (Winter 1951): 153-68.
  • Corcoran, David Howard. "Sherman Minton: New Deal Senator.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kentucky, 1977.
  • Gugin, Linda C., and James E. St. Clair. Sherman Minton: New Deal Senator, Cold War Justice. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1997.
  • Wallace, Harry L. "Mr. Justice Minton--Hoosier Justice on the Supreme Court.'' Indiana Law Journal 34 (Winter 1959): 145-205; (Spring 1959): 377-424.