Homer Stille Cummings

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Cummings, Homer Stillé,

1870–1956, American lawyer, U.S. Attorney General (1933–39), b. Chicago. He practiced law in Stamford, Conn., where he was mayor three times. He served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (1919–20). In 1937 after the Supreme Court had overturned New Deal enabling legislation, Cummings drafted a proposal to give President RooseveltRoosevelt, Franklin Delano
, 1882–1945, 32d President of the United States (1933–45), b. Hyde Park, N.Y. Early Life

Through both his father, James Roosevelt, and his mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, he came of old, wealthy families.
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 the power to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court to supplement any incumbent older than 70; this "court packing" plan was defeated by Congress.