In the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Charles Evans Whittaker (1957-1962) merited three distinctions. First, he was the only Missourian and the first native Kansan appointed to the Court. Second, he was one of only two justices to have served at both the federal district and appeals court levels before ascending to the Supreme Court. And third, Court historians have routinely rated him a failure as a justice. In reality, Whittaker's record is not one of failure, but of illness and difficulty overcome with great determination. This book is a reconsideration of Justice Whittaker, with the twin goals of giving him his due and correcting past misrepresentations of the man and his career.