History of the Federal Judiciary

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Cushing, William
Born March 1, 1732, in Scituate, MA
Died September 13, 1810, in Scituate, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by George Washington on September 24, 1789, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 73. Confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1789, and received commission on September 27, 1789. Service terminated on September 13, 1810, due to death.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Eastern Circuit, Spring 1790-Spring 1792, Spring 1793, Spring 1794-Fall 1794, Fall 1795, Fall 1796, Fall 1797-Spring 1798, Fall 1799-Fall 1800
Middle Circuit, Fall 1792, Fall 1798
Southern Circuit, Fall 1793
First Circuit, April 29, 1802-September 13, 1810

Harvard College, A.B., 1751
Read law, 1755

Professional Career:
Private practice, Scituate, Massachusetts, 1755-1760
Justice of the peace, register of deeds, and probate court judge, Lincoln County, Maine, 1760-1772
Judge, Superior Court of Massachusetts, 1772-1789; chief justice, 1777-1789 (name changed to Supreme Judicial Court in 1780)

Nominated to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, January 26, 1796; confirmed, January 27, 1796; declined appointment
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