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List of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest ranking judicial body in the United States. Its membership, as set by the Judiciary Act of 1869, consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices, any six of whom would constitute a quorum.[1][2] Justices are nominated by the President of the United States and appointed after confirmation by the United States Senate. Justices of the Supreme Court have life tenure[3] and receive a salary which is set at $255,500 per year for the chief justice and at $244,400 per year for each associate justice as of 2014.[4][5][6]

The Supreme Court was created in 1789 by Article III of the United States Constitution, which stipulated that the "judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court" together with any lower courts Congress may establish.[3] Congress organized the Court that year with the passage of the Judiciary Act of 1789. It specified the Court's original and appellate jurisdiction, created thirteen judicial districts, and fixed the number of justices at six (one chief justice and five associate justices).[7][8]

Since 1789, Congress has occasionally altered the size of the Supreme Court, historically in response to the country's own expansion in size. Membership was decreased in 1801 to five, then increased to seven members in 1807, to nine in 1837, and to ten in 1863. It was then reduced to seven in 1866. In 1869, Congress set the Court's size to nine members, where it has remained since.[9]

While the justices of the Supreme Court are appointed for life, many have retired or resigned. Beginning in the early 20th century, many justices who left the Court voluntarily did so by retiring from the Court without leaving the federal judiciary altogether. A retired justice, according to the United States Code, is no longer a member of the Supreme Court, but remains eligible to serve by designation as a judge of a U.S. Court of Appeals or District Court, and many retired justices have served in these capacities. Historically, the average length of service on the Court has been less than 15 years. However, since 1970 the average length of service has increased to about 26 years.[10]

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Current Justices of the Supreme CourtEdit

There are currently nine justices serving on the Supreme Court; listed in order of seniority, they are:

All Justices of the Supreme CourtEdit

Since the Supreme Court was established in 1789, 113 persons have served on the Court. Five individuals in this group were confirmed for associate justice, and later confirmed for chief justice separately. While listed twice, each of them has been assigned only one index number. The justices of the Supreme Court are:[11][12]

Justice State[a] Position Replacing Date confirmed
(Vote)
Tenure Tenure length Appointed by
1   John Jay
(1745–1829)
NY Chief
Justice
New seat September 26, 1789
(Acclamation)
September 26, 1789

June 29, 1795
(Resigned)
5 years, 276 days George Washington
2   John Rutledge
(1739–1800)
SC Associate
Justice
New seat September 26, 1789
(Acclamation)
September 26, 1789

March 4, 1791
(Resigned)
1 year, 159 days
3   William Cushing
(1732–1810)
MA Associate
Justice
New seat September 26, 1789
(Acclamation)
September 27, 1789

September 13, 1810
(Died)
20 years, 351 days
4   James Wilson
(1742–1798)
PA Associate
Justice
New seat September 26, 1789
(Acclamation)
September 29, 1789

August 21, 1798
(Died)
8 years, 326 days
5   John Blair
(1732–1800)
VA Associate
Justice
New seat September 26, 1789
(Acclamation)
September 30, 1789

October 25, 1795
(Resigned)
6 years, 25 days
6   James Iredell
(1751–1799)
NC Associate
Justice
New seat February 10, 1790
(Acclamation)
May 12, 1790

October 20, 1799
(Died)
9 years, 161 days
7   Thomas Johnson
(1732–1819)
MD Associate
Justice
J. Rutledge November 7, 1791
(Acclamation)
August 5, 1792[b][c]

January 16, 1793
(Resigned)
164 days
8   William Paterson
(1745–1806)
NJ Associate
Justice
T. Johnson March 4, 1793
(Acclamation)
March 4, 1793

September 8, 1806
(Died)
13 years, 188 days
2
[d]
  John Rutledge
(1739–1800)
SC Chief
Justice
Jay December 15, 1795
(10–14)[e]
June 30, 1795[b]

December 28, 1795
(Resigned)
181 days
9   Samuel Chase[f]
(1741–1811)
MD Associate
Justice
Blair January 27, 1796
(Acclamation)
January 27, 1796

June 19, 1811
(Died)
15 years, 143 days
10   Oliver Ellsworth
(1745–1807)
CT Chief
Justice
J. Rutledge March 4, 1796
(21–1)
March 8, 1796

December 15, 1800
(Resigned)
4 years, 282 days
11   Bushrod Washington
(1762–1829)
VA Associate
Justice
Wilson December 20, 1798
(Acclamation)
December 20, 1798

November 26, 1829
(Died)
30 years, 341 days John Adams
12   Alfred Moore
(1755–1810)
NC Associate
Justice
Iredell December 9, 1799
(Acclamation)
December 10, 1799

January 26, 1804
(Resigned)
4 years, 47 days
13   John Marshall
(1755–1835)
VA Chief
Justice
Ellsworth January 27, 1801
(Acclamation)
February 4, 1801

July 6, 1835
(died)
34 years, 152 days
14   William Johnson
(1771–1834)
SC Associate
Justice
Moore March 24, 1804
(Acclamation)
May 7, 1804

August 4, 1834
(Died)
30 years, 89 days Thomas Jefferson
15   Henry Brockholst Livingston
(1757–1823)
NY Associate
Justice
Paterson December 17, 1806
(Acclamation)
January 20, 1807

March 18, 1823
(Died)
16 years, 57 days
16   Thomas Todd
(1765–1826)
KY Associate
Justice
New seat March 2, 1807
(Acclamation)
March 3, 1807

February 7, 1826
(Died)
18 years, 341 days
17   Gabriel Duvall
(1752–1844)
MD Associate
Justice
S. Chase November 18, 1811
(Acclamation)
November 23, 1811

January 12, 1835
(Resigned)
23 years, 50 days James Madison
18   Joseph Story
(1779–1845)
MA Associate
Justice
Cushing November 18, 1811
(Acclamation)
February 3, 1812

September 10, 1845
(Died)
33 years, 219 days
19   Smith Thompson
(1768–1843)
NY Associate
Justice
Livingston December 9, 1823
(Acclamation)
September 1, 1823[b]

December 18, 1843
(Died)
20 years, 108 days James Monroe
20   Robert Trimble
(1776–1828)
KY Associate
Justice
Todd May 9, 1826
(25-5)
May 9, 1826

August 25, 1828
(Died)
2 years, 108 days John Quincy Adams
21   John McLean
(1785–1861)
OH Associate
Justice
Trimble March 7, 1829
(Acclamation)
March 7, 1829

April 4, 1861
(Died)
32 years, 28 days Andrew Jackson
22   Henry Baldwin
(1780–1844)
PA Associate
Justice
Washington January 6, 1830
(41-2)
January 6, 1830

April 21, 1844
(Died)
14 years, 106 days
23   James Moore Wayne
(1790–1867)
GA Associate
Justice
W. Johnson January 9, 1835
(Acclamation)
January 14, 1835

July 5, 1867
(Died)
32 years, 172 days
24   Roger B. Taney
(1777–1864)
MD Chief
Justice
J. Marshall March 15, 1836
(29–15)
March 28, 1836

October 12, 1864
(Died)
28 years, 198 days
25   Philip Pendleton Barbour
(1783–1841)
VA Associate
Justice
Duvall March 15, 1836
(30-11)
March 15, 1836

February 25, 1841
(Died)
4 years, 347 days
26   John Catron
(1786–1865)
TN Associate
Justice
New seat March 8, 1837
(28-15)
March 8, 1837

May 30, 1865
(Died)
28 years, 83 days
27   John McKinley
(1780–1852)
AL Associate
Justice
New seat September 25, 1837
(Acclamation)
April 22, 1837

July 19, 1852
(Died)
15 years, 88 days Martin Van Buren
28   Peter Vivian Daniel
(1784–1860)
VA Associate
Justice
Barbour March 2, 1841
(25-5)
March 3, 1841

May 31, 1860
(Died)
19 years, 89 days
29   Samuel Nelson
(1792–1873)
NY Associate
Justice
Thompson February 14, 1845
(Acclamation)
February 14, 1845

November 28, 1872
(Retired)
27 years, 288 days John Tyler
30   Levi Woodbury
(1789–1851)
NH Associate
Justice
Story January 31, 1846
(Acclamation)
September 20, 1845[b]

September 4, 1851
(Died)
5 years, 349 days James K. Polk
31   Robert Cooper Grier
(1794–1870)
PA Associate
Justice
Baldwin August 4, 1846
(Acclamation)
August 4, 1846

January 31, 1870
(Retired)
23 years, 180 days
32   Benjamin Robbins Curtis
(1809–1874)
MA Associate
Justice
Woodbury December 20, 1851
(Acclamation)
September 22, 1851[b]

September 30, 1857
(Resigned)
6 years, 8 days Millard Fillmore
33   John Archibald Campbell
(1811–1889)
AL Associate
Justice
McKinley March 22, 1853
(Acclamation)
March 23, 1853

April 30, 1861
(Resigned)
8 years, 38 days Franklin Pierce
34   Nathan Clifford
(1803–1881)
ME Associate
Justice
Curtis January 12, 1858
(26-23)
January 12, 1858

July 25, 1881
(Died)
23 years, 194 days James Buchanan
35   Noah Haynes Swayne
(1804–1884)
OH Associate
Justice
McLean January 24, 1862
(38-1)
January 24, 1862

January 24, 1881
(Retired)
19 years, 0 days Abraham Lincoln
36   Samuel Freeman Miller
(1816–1890)
IA Associate
Justice
Daniel July 16, 1862
(Acclamation)
July 16, 1862

October 13, 1890
(Died)
28 years, 89 days
37   David Davis
(1815–1886)
IL Associate
Justice
Campbell December 8, 1862
(Acclamation)
October 17, 1862[b]

March 3, 1877
(Resigned)
14 years, 137 days
38   Stephen Johnson Field
(1816–1899)
CA Associate
Justice
New seat March 10, 1863
(Acclamation)
March 10, 1863

December 1, 1897
(Retired)
34 years, 266 days
39   Salmon P. Chase
(1808–1873)
OH Chief
Justice
Taney December 6, 1864
(Acclamation)
December 15, 1864

May 7, 1873
(Died)
8 years, 152 days
40   William Strong
(1808–1895)
PA Associate
Justice
Grier February 18, 1870
(No vote recorded)
February 18, 1870

December 14, 1880
(Retired)
10 years, 300 days Ulysses S. Grant
41   Joseph Philo Bradley
(1813–1892)
NJ Associate
Justice
New seat March 21, 1870
(46-9)
March 21, 1870

January 22, 1892
(Died)
21 years, 307 days
42   Ward Hunt
(1810–1886)
NY Associate
Justice
Nelson December 11, 1872
(Acclamation)
December 11, 1872

January 27, 1882
(Retired)
9 years, 47 days
43   Morrison Waite
(1816–1888)
OH Chief
Justice
S. P. Chase January 21, 1874
(63–0)
March 4, 1874

March 23, 1888
(Died)
14 years, 19 days
44   John Marshall Harlan
(1833–1911)
KY Associate
Justice
Davis November 29, 1877
(Acclamation)
November 29, 1877

October 14, 1911
(Died)
33 years, 319 days Rutherford B. Hayes
45   William Burnham Woods
(1824–1887)
GA Associate
Justice
Strong December 21, 1880
(39-8)
December 21, 1880

May 14, 1887
(Died)
6 years, 144 days
46   Stanley Matthews
(1824–1889)
OH Associate
Justice
Swayne May 12, 1881
(24-23)
May 12, 1881

March 22, 1889
(Died)
7 years, 314 days James Garfield
47   Horace Gray
(1828–1902)
MA Associate
Justice
Clifford December 20, 1881
(51-5)
December 20, 1881

September 15, 1902
(Died)
20 years, 269 days Chester A. Arthur
48   Samuel Blatchford
(1820–1893)
NY Associate
Justice
Hunt March 22, 1882
(Acclamation)
March 22, 1882

July 7, 1893
(Died)
11 years, 107 days
49   Lucius Quintus
Cincinnatus Lamar II

(1825–1893)
MS Associate
Justice
Woods January 16, 1888
(32-28)
January 16, 1888

January 23, 1893
(Died)
5 years, 7 days Grover Cleveland
50   Melville Fuller
(1833–1910)
IL Chief
Justice
Waite July 20, 1888
(41–20)
October 8, 1888

July 4, 1910
(Died)
21 years, 269 days
51   David Josiah Brewer
(1837–1910)
KS Associate
Justice
Matthews December 18, 1889
(53-11)
December 18, 1889

March 28, 1910
(Died)
20 years, 100 days Benjamin Harrison
52   Henry Billings Brown
(1836–1913)
MI Associate
Justice
Miller December 29, 1890
(Acclamation)
December 29, 1890

May 28, 1906
(Retired)
15 years, 150 days
53   George Shiras, Jr.
(1832–1924)
PA Associate
Justice
Bradley July 26, 1892
(Acclamation)
July 26, 1892

February 23, 1903
(Retired)
10 years, 212 days
54   Howell Edmunds Jackson
(1832–1895)
TN Associate
Justice
L. Lamar February 18, 1893
(Acclamation)
February 18, 1893

August 8, 1895
(Died)
2 years, 171 days
55   Edward Douglass White
(1845–1921)
LA Associate
Justice
Blatchford February 19, 1894
(Acclamation)
February 19, 1894

December 18, 1910
(Continued as chief justice)
16 years, 302 days Grover Cleveland
56   Rufus Wheeler Peckham
(1838–1909)
NY Associate
Justice
H. Jackson December 9, 1895
(Acclamation)
December 9, 1895

October 24, 1909
(Died)
13 years, 319 days
57   Joseph McKenna
(1843–1926)
CA Associate
Justice[g]
Field January 21, 1898
(Acclamation)
January 21, 1898

January 5, 1925
(Retired)
26 years, 350 days William McKinley
58   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(1841–1935)
MA Associate
Justice[h]
Gray December 4, 1902
(Acclamation)
December 4, 1902

January 12, 1932
(Retired)
29 years, 39 days Theodore Roosevelt
59   William R. Day
(1849–1923)
OH Associate
Justice
Shiras February 23, 1903
(Acclamation)
February 23, 1903

November 13, 1922
(Retired)
19 years, 263 days
60   William Henry Moody
(1853–1917)
MA Associate
Justice
Brown December 12, 1906
(Acclamation)
December 12, 1906

November 20, 1910
(Retired)
3 years, 343 days
61   Horace Harmon Lurton
(1844–1914)
TN Associate
Justice
Peckham December 20, 1909
(Acclamation)
December 20, 1909

July 12, 1914
(Died)
4 years, 204 days William Howard Taft
62   Charles Evans Hughes
(1862–1948)
NY Associate
Justice
Brewer May 2, 1910
(Acclamation)
October 10, 1910

June 10, 1916
(Resigned)
5 years, 244 days
55
[i]
  Edward Douglass White
(1845–1921)
LA Chief
Justice
Fuller December 12, 1910
(Acclamation)
December 19, 1910

May 19, 1921
(Died)
10 years, 151 days
63   Willis Van Devanter
(1859–1941)
WY Associate
Justice
E. D. White December 15, 1910
(Acclamation)
December 16, 1910

June 2, 1937
(Retired)
26 years, 168 days
64   Joseph Rucker Lamar
(1857–1916)
GA Associate
Justice
Moody December 15, 1910
(Acclamation)
December 17, 1910

January 2, 1916
(Died)
5 years, 16 days
65   Mahlon Pitney
(1858–1924)
NJ Associate
Justice
J. Harlan March 13, 1912
(50-26)
March 13, 1912

December 31, 1922
(Resigned)
10 years, 293 days
66   James Clark McReynolds
(1862–1946)
TN Associate
Justice
Lurton August 29, 1914
(44-6)
August 29, 1914

January 31, 1941
(Retired)
26 years, 155 days Woodrow Wilson
67   Louis Brandeis
(1856–1941)
KY Associate
Justice
J. Lamar June 1, 1916
(47-22)
June 1, 1916

February 13, 1939
(Retired)
22 years, 257 days
68   John Hessin Clarke
(1857–1945)
OH Associate
Justice
Hughes July 24, 1916
(Acclamation)
July 24, 1916

September 5, 1922
(Retired)
6 years, 43 days
69   William Howard Taft
(1857–1930)
CT Chief
Justice
E. D. White June 30, 1921
(Acclamation)
July 11, 1921

February 3, 1930
(Retired)
8 years, 207 days Warren G. Harding
70   George Sutherland
(1862–1942)
UT Associate
Justice
Clarke September 5, 1922
(Acclamation)
September 5, 1922

January 17, 1938
(Retired)
15 years, 134 days
71   Pierce Butler
(1866–1939)
MN Associate
Justice
Day December 21, 1922
(61-8)
December 21, 1922

November 16, 1939
(Died)
16 years, 330 days
72   Edward Terry Sanford
(1865–1930)
TN Associate
Justice
Pitney January 29, 1923
(Acclamation)
January 29, 1923

March 8, 1930
(Died)
7 years, 38 days
73   Harlan F. Stone
(1872–1946)
NY Associate
Justice[j]
McKenna February 5, 1925
(71-6)
February 5, 1925

July 3, 1941
(Continued as chief justice)
16 years, 148 days Calvin Coolidge
62
[d]
  Charles Evans Hughes
(1862–1948)
NY Chief
Justice
Taft February 13, 1930
(52–26)
February 24, 1930

June 30, 1941
(Retired)
11 years, 126 days Herbert Hoover
74   Owen Josephus Roberts
(1875–1955)
PA Associate
Justice
Sanford May 20, 1930
(Acclamation)
May 20, 1930

July 31, 1945
(Resigned)
15 years, 72 days
75   Benjamin N. Cardozo
(1870–1938)
NY Associate
Justice
Holmes February 24, 1932
(Acclamation)
March 2, 1932

July 9, 1938
(Died)
6 years, 129 days
76   Hugo Black
(1886–1971)
AL Associate
Justice[k]
Van Devanter August 17, 1937
(63-16)
August 18, 1937

September 17, 1971
(Retired)
34 years, 30 days Franklin D. Roosevelt
77   Stanley Forman Reed
(1884–1980)
KY Associate
Justice
Sutherland January 25, 1938
(Acclamation)
January 27, 1938

February 25, 1957
(Retired)
19 years, 29 days
78   Felix Frankfurter
(1882–1965)
MA Associate
Justice
Cardozo January 17, 1939
(Acclamation)
January 20, 1939

August 28, 1962
(Retired)
23 years, 220 days
79   William O. Douglas
(1898–1980)
CT Associate
Justice
Brandeis April 4, 1939
(62-4)
April 15, 1939

November 12, 1975
(Retired)
36 years, 211 days
80   Frank Murphy
(1890–1949)
MI Associate
Justice
Butler January 16, 1940
(Acclamation)
January 18, 1940

July 19, 1949
(Died)
9 years, 182 days
73
[i]
  Harlan F. Stone
(1872–1946)
NY Chief
Justice
Hughes June 27, 1941
(Acclamation)
July 3, 1941

April 22, 1946
(Died)
4 years, 293 days
81   James F. Byrnes
(1882–1972)
SC Associate
Justice
McReynolds June 12, 1941
(Acclamation)
July 8, 1941

October 3, 1942
(Resigned)
1 year, 87 days
82   Robert H. Jackson
(1892–1954)
NY Associate
Justice
Stone July 7, 1941
(Acclamation)
July 11, 1941

October 9, 1954
(Died)
13 years, 90 days
83   Wiley Blount Rutledge
(1894–1949)
IA Associate
Justice
Byrnes February 8, 1943
(Acclamation)
February 11, 1943

September 10, 1949
(Died)
6 years, 211 days
84   Harold Hitz Burton
(1888–1964)
OH Associate
Justice
O. Roberts September 19, 1945
(Acclamation)
September 22, 1945

October 13, 1958
(Retired)
13 years, 21 days Harry S. Truman
85   Fred M. Vinson
(1890–1953)
KY Chief
Justice
Stone June 20, 1946
(Acclamation)
June 24, 1946

September 8, 1953
(Died)
7 years, 76 days
86   Tom C. Clark
(1899–1977)
TX Associate
Justice
Murphy August 18, 1949
(73-8)
August 19, 1949

June 12, 1967
(Retired)
17 years, 297 days
87   Sherman Minton
(1890–1965)
IN Associate
Justice
W. Rutledge October 4, 1949
(48-16)
October 12, 1949

October 15, 1956
(Retired)
7 years, 3 days
88   Earl Warren
(1891–1974)
CA Chief
Justice
Vinson March 1, 1954
(Acclamation)
October 5, 1953[b]

June 23, 1969
(Retired)
15 years, 261 days Dwight D. Eisenhower
89   John Marshall Harlan II
(1899–1971)
NY Associate
Justice
R. Jackson March 16, 1955
(71-11)
March 17, 1955

September 23, 1971
(Retired)
16 years, 190 days
90   William J. Brennan
(1906–1997)
NJ Associate
Justice
Minton March 19, 1957
(Acclamation)
October 15, 1956[b]

July 20, 1990
(Retired)
33 years, 278 days
91   Charles Evans Whittaker
(1901–1973)
MO Associate
Justice
Reed March 19, 1957
(Acclamation)
March 22, 1957

March 31, 1962
(Resigned)
5 years, 9 days
92   Potter Stewart
(1915–1985)
OH Associate
Justice
Burton May 5, 1959
(70-17)
October 14, 1958[b]

July 3, 1981
(Retired)
22 years, 262 days
93   Byron White
(1917–2002)
CO Associate
Justice
Whittaker April 11, 1962
(Acclamation)
April 16, 1962

June 28, 1993
(Retired)
31 years, 73 days John F. Kennedy
94   Arthur Goldberg
(1908–1990)
IL Associate
Justice
Frankfurter September 25, 1962
(Acclamation)
September 28, 1962

July 26, 1965
(Resigned)
2 years, 301 days
95   Abe Fortas
(1910–1982)
TN Associate
Justice
Goldberg August 11, 1965
(Acclamation)
October 4, 1965

May 14, 1969
(Resigned)
3 years, 222 days Lyndon B. Johnson
96   Thurgood Marshall
(1908–1993)
NY Associate
Justice
Clark August 30, 1967
(69-11)
October 2, 1967

October 1, 1991
(Retired)
23 years, 364 days
97   Warren E. Burger
(1907–1995)
VA Chief
Justice
Warren June 9, 1969
(74–3)
June 23, 1969

September 26, 1986
(Retired)
17 years, 95 days Richard Nixon
98   Harry Blackmun
(1908–1999)
MN Associate
Justice
Fortas May 12, 1970
(94-0)
June 9, 1970

August 3, 1994
(Retired)
24 years, 55 days
99   Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.
(1907–1998)
VA Associate
Justice
Black December 6, 1971
(89-1)
January 7, 1972

June 26, 1987
(Retired)
15 years, 170 days
100   William Rehnquist
(1924–2005)
AZ Associate
Justice
J. Harlan II December 10, 1971
(68-26)
January 7, 1972

September 26, 1986
(Continued as chief justice)
14 years, 262 days
101   John Paul Stevens
(born 1920)
IL Associate
Justice[l]
Douglas December 17, 1975
(98-0)
December 19, 1975

June 29, 2010
(Retired)
34 years, 192 days Gerald Ford
102   Sandra Day O'Connor
(born 1930)
AZ Associate
Justice
Stewart September 21, 1981
(99-0)
September 25, 1981

January 31, 2006
(Retired)
24 years, 128 days Ronald Reagan
100
[i]
  William Rehnquist
(1924–2005)
VA Chief
Justice
Burger September 17, 1986
(65–33)
September 26, 1986

September 3, 2005
(Died)
18 years, 342 days
103   Antonin Scalia
(1936–2016)
VA Associate
Justice
Rehnquist September 17, 1986
(98-0)
September 26, 1986

February 13, 2016
(Died)
29 years, 140 days
104   Anthony Kennedy
(born 1936)
CA Associate
Justice
Powell February 3, 1988
(97-0)
February 18, 1988

Incumbent
29 years, 129 days
105   David Souter
(born 1939)
NH Associate
Justice
Brennan October 2, 1990
(90-9)
October 9, 1990

June 29, 2009
(Retired)
18 years, 263 days George H. W. Bush
106   Clarence Thomas
(born 1948)
GA Associate
Justice
T. Marshall October 15, 1991
(52-48)
October 23, 1991

Incumbent
25 years, 247 days
107   Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(born 1933)
NY Associate
Justice
B. White August 3, 1993
(96-3)
August 10, 1993

Incumbent
23 years, 321 days Bill Clinton
108   Stephen Breyer
(born 1938)
MA Associate
Justice
Blackmun July 29, 1994
(87-9)
August 3, 1994

Incumbent
22 years, 328 days
109   John Roberts
(born 1955)
MD Chief
Justice
Rehnquist September 29, 2005
(78–22)
September 29, 2005

Incumbent
11 years, 271 days George W. Bush
110   Samuel Alito
(born 1950)
NJ Associate
Justice
O'Connor January 31, 2006
(58-42)
January 31, 2006

Incumbent
11 years, 147 days
111   Sonia Sotomayor
(born 1954)
NY Associate
Justice
Souter August 6, 2009
(68-31)
August 8, 2009

Incumbent
7 years, 323 days Barack Obama
112   Elena Kagan
(born 1960)
MA Associate
Justice
Stevens August 5, 2010
(63-37)
August 7, 2010

Incumbent
6 years, 324 days
113   Neil Gorsuch
(born 1967)
CO Associate
Justice
Scalia April 7, 2017
(54-45)
April 10, 2017

Incumbent
78 days Donald Trump
Justice State[a] Position Replacing Date confirmed
(Vote)
Tenure Tenure length Appointed by

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b State of residence at the time of appointment. For example, In 1971, Rehnquist was appointed from Arizona, but in 1986, when elevated to chief justice, he was appointed from Virginia.[13]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Recess appointment
  3. ^ Received recess appointment on August 5, 1791, but was not sworn in until August 6, 1792.
  4. ^ a b Served on the Supreme Court twice, first as associate justice and then, after a period of years off the Court, as chief justice, which is why this justice is listed twice.
  5. ^ This was the first Supreme Court nomination to be rejected by the Senate. Rutledge remains the only "recess appointed" justice not to be subsequently confirmed by the Senate.
  6. ^ Was impeached, but not convicted, and remained in office.
  7. ^ Acted as chief justice under 36 Stat. 1152, May 19 – July 11, 1921.
  8. ^ Acted as chief justice under 36 Stat. 1152, February 3–24, 1930.
  9. ^ a b c Elevated from associate justice to chief justice while serving on the Supreme Court. The nomination of a sitting associate justice to be chief justice is subject to a separate confirmation process, which is why this justice is listed twice.
  10. ^ Acted as chief justice under 36 Stat. 1152, June 30 – July 3, 1941.
  11. ^ Acted as chief justice under 36 Stat. 1152, April 22 – June 24, 1946, and again, under 62 Stat. 869, September 8 – October 5, 1953.
  12. ^ Acted as chief justice under 62 Stat. 869, September 3–29, 2005.

TimelinesEdit

All justicesEdit

The graphic below is a timeline depicting the progression of the justices in the United States Supreme Court. Information regarding their seat number, predecessors, successors and fellow justices, as well as their tenure on the court can be gleaned from the timeline. Additionally, the progression of presidents (with the number of justices they nominated) is shown at the top of the timeline to give a more detailed historical context. Three presidents (Taft, F. Roosevelt, and Reagan), in addition to successfully nominating several justices to the court, elevated an associate justice to chief justice. These elevations are counted as nominations, and are designated with a caret(^). Several justices began their terms on the bench after the inauguration of a new president.

This graphical representation of the progression of the High Court allows some otherwise obscure information to be easily noted. For example, Joseph Story (in the early 19th century) and Stephen Breyer (in the late 20th and early 21st centuries) are each noteworthy for serving over 11 years as the court's most junior member. Samuel Blatchford (in the 1880s) served the third longest as the court's most junior member at less than 6 years. Thomas Johnson (1790s), Robert Trimble (1820s) and Arthur Goldberg (1960s) are the only justices to leave the court while still being the court's most junior member. William Rehnquist is unique in that he is the only justice to witness all of his more senior justices leave the court, without witnessing any of his more junior justices leave the court. Hugo Black, in addition to witnessing all eight of his predecessors leave the court, saw 22 new members appointed to the court (his predecessors' eight replacements and 14 others), meaning he worked beside a record thirty justices.

Due to various changes in the size of the Court over the years, not all ten of this chart's associate justice timelines extend to the present day. "Seat 5" was last held by James Wayne until his 1867 death, and "Seat 7" was last held by John Catron until Catron died in 1865. On April 7, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the senate as the replacement for Antonin Scalia, whose seat had remained vacant since his death on February 13, 2016.

Neil GorsuchElena KaganSonia SotomayorSamuel AlitoJohn G. RobertsStephen BreyerRuth Bader GinsburgClarence ThomasDavid SouterAnthony KennedyAntonin ScaliaSandra Day O'ConnorJohn Paul StevensWilliam RehnquistLewis F. Powell, Jr.Harry BlackmunWarren E. BurgerThurgood MarshallAbe FortasArthur GoldbergByron WhitePotter StewartCharles Evans WhittakerWilliam J. Brennan, Jr.John Marshall Harlan IIEarl WarrenSherman MintonTom C. ClarkFred M. VinsonHarold Hitz BurtonWiley Blount RutledgeRobert H. JacksonJames F. ByrnesFrank MurphyWilliam O. DouglasFelix FrankfurterStanley Forman ReedHugo BlackBenjamin N. CardozoOwen Josephus RobertsHarlan Fiske StoneEdward Terry SanfordPierce Butler (justice)George SutherlandWilliam Howard TaftJohn Hessin ClarkeLouis BrandeisJames Clark McReynoldsMahlon PitneyJoseph Rucker LamarWillis Van DevanterCharles Evans HughesHorace Harmon LurtonWilliam Henry MoodyWilliam R. DayOliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.Joseph McKennaRufus Wheeler PeckhamEdward Douglass WhiteHowell Edmunds JacksonGeorge Shiras, Jr.Henry Billings BrownDavid Josiah BrewerMelville Weston FullerLucius Q. C. LamarSamuel BlatchfordHorace GrayThomas Stanley MatthewsWilliam Burnham WoodsJohn Marshall HarlanMorrison Remick WaiteWard HuntJoseph Philo BradleyWilliam Strong (Pennsylvania judge)Salmon Portland ChaseStephen Johnson FieldDavid Davis (Supreme Court justice)Samuel Freeman MillerNoah Haynes SwayneNathan CliffordJohn Archibald CampbellBenjamin Robbins CurtisRobert Cooper GrierLevi WoodburySamuel NelsonPeter Vivian DanielJohn McKinleyJohn CatronPhilip Pendleton BarbourRoger Brooke TaneyJames Moore WayneHenry Baldwin (judge)John McLeanRobert TrimbleSmith ThompsonJoseph StoryGabriel DuvallThomas ToddHenry Brockholst LivingstonWilliam Johnson (judge)John MarshallAlfred MooreBushrod WashingtonOliver EllsworthSamuel ChaseWilliam Paterson (judge)Thomas Johnson (governor)James IredellJohn RutledgeJohn Blair Jr.William CushingJohn Jay (American statesman)James Wilson 

Current justicesEdit

Neil GorsuchElena KaganSonia SotomayorSamuel AlitoJohn G. RobertsStephen BreyerRuth Bader GinsburgClarence ThomasAnthony Kennedy 

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stathis, Stephen W. (2014). Landmark Legislation 1774-2012: Major U.S. Acts and Treaties. CQ Press. p. 122. 
  2. ^ Hall, Kermit L. (2005). "Judiciary Act of 1869". In Hall, Kermit L.; Ely, James W.; Grossman, Joel B. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. Oxford University Press. p. 548. 
  3. ^ a b "Article III". Cornell University Law School. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ Mears, Bill (January 1, 2010). "Chief Justice Roberts has little to say at year's end". CNN. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ Barnes, Robert (January 1, 2010). "Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts opts not to ask Congress to raise judicial salaries". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ Rowley, James (January 13, 2014). "Federal Judges in U.S. See $25,000 More as Salary Freeze Falls". Bloomberg. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "About The Supreme Court". Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Supreme Court Research Guide". Georgetown Law Library. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ Smith, Jean Edward (July 26, 2007). "Stacking the Court". The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  10. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (February 26, 2008). "Dems' Choices For Bench Surprisingly Slim". CBS News. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Senate: Supreme Court Nominations: 1789-Present". www.senate.gov. United States Senate. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Timeline of the Justices". www.supremecourthistory.org. Supreme Court Historical Society. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Members of the Supreme Court of the United States". www.supremecourt.gov. United States Supreme Court. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 

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