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G. Harrold Carswell
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    (December 22, 1919-July 13, 1992)
    Born in Irwinton, Georgia
    Birth name was George Harrold Carswell
    United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida (1953-58)
    US District Court Judge (1958-69)
    Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge (1969-70)
    Nominated for the Supreme Court by Richard M. Nixon
    Nomination rejected by the US Senate, 45-51 (April 8, 1970)
    When Nixon's first Supreme Court nominee, Clement Haynsworth of South Carolina, was rejected, he told an aide to find a judge 'further south and further to the right,' leading to Carswell.
    He had declared, 'I believe that segregation of the races is proper and the only practical and correct way of life in our states. I have always so believed and I shall always so act.' (1948)
    He was criticized for the high reversal rate (58%) of his decisions as District Court judge.
    He blamed his rejection on 'the northern press and its knee-jerking followers in the Senate.'
    He resigned from the bench to run for the Senate from Florida so he could 'confront the liberals who shot me down,' but lost the Republican nomination (1970).
    He was convicted of making advances to an undercover police officer in a Tallahassee men's room (1976).
    He served in the Naval Reserves during World War II.
    He inspired a memorable defense when Republican Senator Roman Hruska said, 'Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos.'
    When he ran for Senate, he was endorsed by actors John Wayne and Gene Autry.
    He was beaten by a man he invited to his hotel room (1979).

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