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Supreme Court Justice Whittaker Retires on Doctors' Advice

Mar. 29, 1962 - Justice Charles Evans Whittaker (pictured) retired from the Supreme Court today on his doctors’ advice. He said in a statement that the “great volume and continuous stresses of the court’s work” had brought him to the “point of physical exhaustion.” He said his doctors had warned him that staying on the court would jeopardize his health. Justice Whittaker, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Eisenhower in 1957, had been missing from the bench for the last two weeks. He was examined for a week at Walter Reed Army Hospital and then sent home for a complete rest. President Kennedy announced the retirement at his news conference this morning. He said he would pick a successor “shortly.” Justice Whittaker’s retirement will take effect on April 1. He will not participate in any more decisions.

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