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Obama signs bill to name courthouse after Jackson

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President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday that names Buffalo's new federal courthouse in memory of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson. 

The naming legislation, sponsored by Congressman Brian Higgins, was approved by the House in July and passed by the Senate in September. 

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Robert Jackson was raised in Frewsburg and spent much of his young adult life in Jamestown and Buffalo.  He rose through the legal ranks to become U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General, and eventually Supreme Court Justice in 1941. 

President Harry Truman appointed Jackson in 1945 to serve as chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials.

"I could not be more pleased that this majestic new building, located along the path that Justice Jackson himself walked each day from his home on Johnson Park to the firm in the Ellicott Square building where he practiced law, will bear the name of this man, who has left such a remarkable legacy on our nation’s justice system," Higgins said in a statement

The 10-story, $137 million federal courthouse opened in November 2011.  It was formally dedicated in May.

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