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Thomas Reed Powell


Attorney, law professor, legal scholar, arbitrator.

Powell received his law degree from Harvard in 1904 and his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1913. He taught at Columbia in 1907-1908, and then from 1910 to 1925. He was a professor of law at Harvard Law School from 1925 to 1949. Powell served as president of the American Political Science Association.

A manuscript of Powell's "humorous prose and verse" can be found in the Thomas Reed Powell Papers at the Harvard Law School.


Thomas Reed Powell, Indirect Encroachment on Federal Authority by the Taxing Powers of the States (New York: National Tax Association, 1919)

________________, Business Taxes and the Federal Constitution (New York: National Tax Association, 1925)

________________, The Supreme Court and State Police Power, 1922-1930 (Charlottesville, Virginia: Michie Company, 1932)

________________, State Ratifying Conventions (Chicago: American Legislators' Association, 1933)

________________, Vagaries and Varieties in Constitutional Interpretation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1956)(New York, Columbia University Press, 1966)(Union, New Jersey: Lawbook Exchange, 2001)

Essays & Articles

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Thomas Reed Powell, "Conscience and the Constitution," in William Thomas Hutchinson (ed.), Democracy and National Unity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1941)(New York: AMS Press, 1967)

________________, Woman Suffrage, 5 (1) Academy of Political Science 73-81 (1914)

________________, The Workmen's Compensation Cases, 32 (4) Political Science Quarterly 542-569 (1917)

________________, The Logic and Rhetoric of Constitutional Law, 15 J. of Philosophy 645-658 (1918)


Peter Teachout, "Thomas Reed Powell," in American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Research Resources

Thomas Reed Powell Papers
Modern Manuscript Collection
Harvard Law School