Born in Memphis, Tennessee to parents who had immigrated from Europe as Orthodox Jews, Abe Fortas attended Yale Law School. He became close to the prominent Texas politician, Lyndon Baines Johnson, rendering him legal services which led to Johnson calling him the "best lawyer in America." When Johnson became president after President Kennedy's assassination, he appointed Abe Fortas to the Supreme Court in 1965. In that position, Justice Fortas continued to give Johnson advice. This ongoing close relationship with the president, and financial dealings which were seen as unethical, led to his resignation from the Supreme Court in 1969.
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