Volume 12 of the Federal Circuit
Historical Society Journal
Volume 12, 2018
The words "duty," "honor," and "country" appear on then-Chief Judge Haldane Robert Mayer's 2002 official portrait displayed at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. It is a fitting inscription as Judge Mayer has devoted most of his adult life to public service, and the ideas of duty, honor, and country have been intrinsic to all he has done in his career. In a biograhpical article about Judge Mayer, supplemented by the Judge's owen words from an oral history taken by the Society of the words of others who knew him well, the reader will learn about his life from birth in a small New York town and a childhood that might have thrown many off-track. The article covers his military career that brought out the qualities that would lead to his judicial appointments, and concludes with his service on the Federal Circuit, including during the fateful 9/11 period. We are honored to tell the life story of this exceptional American.
James Madison also felt the pull of duty to country throughout his lifetime. In his book, Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America, Constitutional lawer and historian David O. Stewart considers Madison through the lens of his relationships with key figures during the founding and early years of the Republic. In a lecture to the Society, appearing here in edited form, Mr. Stewart discussed those relationships, one of which was with Madison's wife, Dolley, the first great First Lady and queen of Washington society in the early 19th century.
Author and former Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Laura Kamoie has written both non-fiction hisotry and historical fiction, including novels based on the lives of Patsy Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson's daughter) and Eliza Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton's wife). In an essay on the nature and intricacies of these two genres, Dr. Kamoie provies us with new ways of thinking about the history we read.
This issue concludes with a lesser known historical event - the recommendation 100 years ago of a new court that would hear all patent appeals. Former Patent Commissioner Thomas Ewing foresaw a need that would again be recognized some sixty years later and finally acted upon through the creation of the Federal Circuit in 1982.