This week, as the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh begin, I’ve been contemplating the noteworthy historical intersection of the U.S. Supreme Court and Brigham Young University—going all the way back to the Karl G. Maeser era.
In 1879, 17-year-old George Alexander Sutherland came to the newly established Brigham Young Academy. Later, serving as a justice to the United States Supreme Court from 1922 to 1938, Sutherland acknowledged what a decisive influence Maeser had on his life. Though not reared in the faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Justice Sutherland always held the Church in high esteem and numbered many members as his close friends and partners. One of Justice Sutherland’s clerks recalls the “warmth with which he and President Heber J. G