Centres most loyal alum
President Truman called Vinson the man I depend on most. But how does a maneven one as outstanding as Vinsonmanage to make it to the candidates debate, not to mention those football games, long after his death?
Vinson has the brothers of Phi Delta Theta to thank. One of the chapters most illustrious members, Vinson was a loyal alumnus who maintained close ties to his fraternity in Danville. After he died, some of the brothers decided there was no reason he could not continue to attend the sporting events he had so enjoyed. Theyve been taking his portraitaffectionately known as Dead Fredto the games ever since.
Thus, although tickets are almost impossible to obtain, it seemed only natural that Centres Supreme Court justice should have a seat at the vice presidential debate. The Phi Delts will escort Dead Fred to a special seat overlooking the proceedings on Tuesday, October 3.
Grew up in jail (his father was the jailer and familys living quarters adjoined the jail) in Louisa, Kentucky.
Established a reputation for brilliance at Centre. He reportedly could recite the contents of his textbooks word for word, and he graduated in 1909 with the highest grade point average ever achieved at Centre up to that time.
Served on the U.S. Court of Appeals (he was appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt) from 1938 to 1943.
Held a series of high government posts, including secretary of the treasury.
Was nominated as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President Truman in 1946. Unanimously confirmed by the Senate, Vinson served as Chief Justice of the United States (the official title) until his death in 1953.