1. When Justice Stone remarked that a lawyers’ argument was the dullest he had ever heard, McReynolds replied “The only duller thing I can think of is to hear you read one of your opinions.”
2. When McReynolds was late to oral argument, Chief Justice Hughes sent a page to fetch him. The page returned with a message “Justice McReynolds said to tell you he doesn’t work for you.”
3 . In 1924 there was no official portrait of the Justices because McReynolds refused to sit next to Brandeis.
McReynolds was also pleasant and generous sometimes, though he didn’t make a habit of it.