A South Florida personal injury lawyer turned history detective has solved one of the Florida Supreme Court’s most enduring mysteries – who was Justice George W. Macrae?

For decades, almost nothing was known about Florida’s fourth justice, other than his abbreviated court tenure in 1847, and appointment by President John Tyler as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida in 1842.

That was until recently, when Parkland Vice Mayor Kenneth A. Cutler, a founding member of Cutler Rader, visited the Supreme Court website and clicked on the biographies of former justices.