Fred M. Vinson

Supreme Court Justice

Fred M. Vinson was born on January 22nd, 1890 in Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States and is the Supreme Court Justice from United States. Discover Fred M. Vinson's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 63 years old.

Other Names / Nick Names
Frederick Moore Vinson
Date of Birth
January 22, 1890
United States
Place of Birth
Lawrence County, Kentucky, United States
Death Date
Sep 8, 1953 (age 63)
Zodiac Sign
Judge, Lawyer, Politician
Fred M. Vinson Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

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Centre College (BA, LLB)
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Julia Dixon ​(m. 1924)​
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About Fred M. Vinson

Frederick "Fred" Moore Vinson (January 22, 1890 – September 8, 1953) was an American Democratic politician who served the United States in all three branches of government.

The most prominent member of the Vinson political family, he was the 53rd United States Secretary of the Treasury and the 13th Chief Justice of the United States. Born in Louisa, Kentucky, he pursued a legal career and served in the United States Army during World War I. After the war, he served as the Commonwealth's Attorney for the Thirty-Second Judicial District of Kentucky before winning election to the United States House of Representatives in 1924.

He lost re-election in 1928 but regained his seat in 1930 and served in Congress until 1937.

During his time in Congress, he became an adviser and confidante of Missouri Senator Harry S. Truman.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Vinson to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Vinson resigned from the appellate court in 1943, when he became the Director of the Office of Economic Stabilization.

After Truman acceded to the presidency following Roosevelt's death in 1945, Truman appointed Vinson to the position of Secretary of the Treasury.

Vinson negotiated the payment of the Anglo-American loan and presided over the establishment of numerous post-war organizations, including the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Monetary Fund. After the death of Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone in 1946, Truman appointed Vinson to the Supreme Court.

As of 2019 Vinson is the last Chief Justice nominee nominated by a president from the Democratic Party to be confirmed.

Vinson dissented in the case of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, which ruled against the Truman administration's control of the nation's steel mills during a strike.

He ordered a rehearing of the Briggs v. Elliott case, which was eventually combined into the case known as Brown v. Board of Education.

Vinson unexpectedly died of a heart attack in 1953.

Early years

Vinson, known universally as Fred, was born in the newly built, eight-room, red brick house in front of the Lawrence County jail in Louisa, Kentucky, where his father served as the Lawrence County Jailer. As a child he would help his father in the jail and even made friends with prisoners who would remember his kindness when he later ran for public office. Vinson worked odd jobs while in school. He graduated from Kentucky Normal School in 1909 and enrolled at Centre College, where he graduated at the top of his class with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Centre, he was a member of the Kentucky Alpha Delta chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He received a Bachelor of Laws from the now defunct College of Law. He entered private practice in Louisa. He first ran for and was elected to office as the City Attorney of Louisa.

Vinson joined the Army during World War I. Following the war, he was elected as the Commonwealth's Attorney for the Thirty-Second Judicial District of Kentucky. Vinson married Julia Roberta Dixon on January 24, 1924 in Ashland, Kentucky. They had two sons.