In a private meeting at the White House on June 13, 1968, Earl Warren told Lyndon Johnson that after 15 years the time had come for him to leave the Supreme Court.

For the Chief Justice the issue was not health — at 77 he was as fit as a fiddle — but politics. The assassination eight days earlier of Robert F. Kennedy had wrapped up the Democratic nomination for Hubert Humphrey, and Warren believed the vice-president did not have a snowball’s chance of beating the Republican in the fall.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. Order any of Bartee’s five books (see list on barteehaile.com) at special price of $18.50 tax and shipping included. Mail check to Bartee Haile, P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.