Learned Hand’s family nickname “Jowly Pips”

I ran across a C-span video of Professor Constance Jordan discussing her grandfather, Judge Billings Learned Hand.  She remarks at one point in the video that Judge Hand’s family nickname was “Jowly Pips,” which was shortened to “J.”

My grandfather, whom we called J — by the way, it was not because he was Judge that we called him J.  We called him J because everyone in the family had nicknames, and his nickname was Jowly Pips and it was shortened to J.  Don’t ask me why.  That is what it was.

Professor Constance Jordan, granddaughter of Judge Learned Hand.

Link to video: Link.


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