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Louis Sulzbacher was the first continental American appointed as Associate Justice of the newly created Supreme Court of Puerto Rico in 1900.


Sulzbacher, Louis was born on May 10, 1842 in Kirchheimbolanden, Bavaria. Son of Professor Jacob and Regine (Schwarz) Sulzbacher.


Academic and legal education, Frankfort-on-Main.


Appointed by President William McKinley he assumed his post in August 1900 and served until 1904. He was fluent in five languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Latin. After retiring from the Court, he served from 1904 to 1907 as District Judge for the Western District of the Indian Territory.

After his death he was honored by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico in a Memorial Resolution on January 29, 1915.


Married Pauline Flersheim, December 5, 1869.

Professor Jacob Sulzbacher

Regine (Schwarz) Sulzbacher

Pauline Flersheim