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John Marshall Harlan Biography

Title:
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“There can be no doubt as to what class was aimed at by the clause forbidding the importation of alien women for purposes of ‘prostitution.’ It refers to women who, for hire or without hire, offer their bodies to indiscriminate intercourse with men. The lives and example of such persons are in hostility to ‘the idea of the family as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement.'”

U.S. v. Bitty, Feb. 24, 1908

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, 1877-1911
  • Republican candidate for Governor, Kentucky, 1875
  • Attorney General, Kentucky, 1863-1867
  • Colonel, Union Army, 1861-1863
  • Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, 1859
  • Franklin County Judge, Kentucky, 1858
  • Started career as attorney, 1852
  • Member, Beta Theta Pi
  • Member, Whig Party
  • Member, Republican Party
Education:
  • Law, Transylvania University, 1853
  • Centre College, 1850
Other:
  • Deceased: Oct. 14, 1911