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Horace Stern


Horace Stern

Horace Stern (August 7, 1878 – April 1969) was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1 November 1952 to 29 December 1956. He was elevated to the Chief Justice position after serving on the Court from 6 January 1936.[1]

Stern was born to a Jewish family in North Philadelphia, one of eight children. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1899, and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School summa cum laude in 1902.[2] Prior to his elevation to the bench, Stern was a professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School, where his portrait still hangs today.[3] He went on to co-found of the law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen (later called WolfBlock) in 1903, before taking an appointment to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in 1920.[2]

Stern was the first Jew to serve on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the first Jewish trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.[4] He was also very active within Philadelphia's Jewish community, having served as president of the Federation of Jewish Charities and having been a founder of the American Jewish Committee.


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