Fred M. Vinson (Supreme Court Justice)
Fred M. Vinson

Frederick Moore Vinson 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.

Born: Frederick Moore Vinson, January 22, 1890, Louisa, Kentucky, U.S.
Died: September 08, 1953, Washington, D.C, U.S.
Resting place: Pinehill Cemetery, Louisa, Kentucky
Political party: Democratic
Children: 2
Education: Centre College (B.A.), College of Law of Central University (LL.B.)
Preceded by: Harlan F. Stone
Succeeded by: Earl Warren

About Fred M. Vinson

13th Chief Justice who re-interpreted government powers based on his experiences in the legislative and executive branches.

Before Fame

He went into private practice after completing his law degree in 1911, entering national politics in 1923 with a seat in the House of Representatives.


He was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Harry S. Truman after leading several ad-hoc agencies in World War II where he helped establish the International Monetary Fund.

Family Life

He was born in Louisa, Kentucky. His father was a Lawrence County jailer.


He served on the Supreme Court at a time when it was divided into two competing factions, one of them led by Justice Hugo Black.

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Latest information about Fred M. Vinson updated on September 07, 2020.

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