- NAME: Fred Vinson
- OCCUPATION: Judge, Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: January 22, 1890
- DEATH DATE: September 08, 1953
- EDUCATION: Centre College, Kentucky Normal School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Louisa, Kentucky
- PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.
- Full Name: Frederick Moore Vinson
- AKA: Fred Vinson
- AKA: Fred M. Vinson
- AKA: Frederick M. Vinson
- AKA: Frederick Vinson
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Fred Vinson was the 13th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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The following year, he sided with the president, opposing the decision in Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952). The court decided that the government's decision to take over steel mills as a part of the war effort was, in fact, unconstitutional.
Vinson remained on the court until his death. He died of a heart attack on September 8, 1953, at his apartment in Washington, D.C. He was survived by his wife, Roberta, and their two sons,
Frederick Jr. and James. A funeral service for Vinson was held in Washington, D.C., and attended by Truman and then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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