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Supreme Court

In 1935 the Supreme Court finally got a building of its own. Prior to this, the court sat in what is now called the "Old Senate Chamber." The current building stands due to the efforts of William Howard Taft, chief justice of the Supreme Court and former president of the United States, who persuaded Congress to create a permanent home for the Supreme Court in 1929.

Fun Fact: Taft was the only president to go on to serve as the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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