Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sotomayor: The First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice?
There's been a little chatter here and there on the Web about whether Sonia Sotomayor will really be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.
What about Benjamin Cardozo, who served from 1932 until his death in 1938?
It turns out that Cardozo was of Portuguese descent, we're told, and Portuguese are not Hispanic (I knew that), they are Lusitanians (I did not know that!). So that settles the question, right?
Well, maybe. But let me add my little contribution to this issue, about which no sensible person cares a whit. And that contribution is from the 1870 Census, when Benjamin was 10 years old. The Census indicates that Cardozo's paternal grandmother was from Cuba. What does that mean? Nothing, really. But now you know.
[Click on the picture for a clearer view.]