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Supreme Court of the United States: Succession Chart

September 24, 1789
1 Stat. 73
Chief Justice
September 24, 1789
1 Stat. 73
September 24, 1789
1 Stat. 73
September 24, 1789
1 Stat. 73
September 24, 1789
1 Stat. 73
September 24, 1789
1 Stat. 73
Jay, John
1789-1795
Rutledge, John
1789-1791
Cushing, William
1789-1810
Wilson, James
1789-1798
Blair, John, Jr.
1789-1795
Iredell, James
1790-1799
Rutledge, John
1795
Johnson, Thomas
1791-1793
Story, Joseph
1811-1845
Washington, Bushrod
1798-1829
Chase, Samuel
1796-1811
Moore, Alfred
1799-1804
Ellsworth, Oliver
1796-1800
Paterson, William
1793-1806
Woodbury, Levi
1845-1851
Baldwin, Henry
1830-1844
Duvall, Gabriel
1811-1835
Johnson, William, Jr.
1804-1834
Marshall, John
1801-1835
Livingston, H. Brockholst
1806-1823
Curtis, Benjamin R.
1851-1857
Grier, Robert C.
1846-1870
Barbour, Philip P.
1836-1841
Wayne, James M.1
1835-1867
Taney, Roger B.
1836-1864
Thompson, Smith
1823-1843
Clifford, Nathan
1858-1881
Strong, William
1870-1880
Daniel, Peter V.
1841-1860
 
Chase, Salmon P.
1864-1873
Nelson, Samuel
1845-1872
Gray, Horace
1881-1902
Woods, William B.
1880-1887
Miller, Samuel F.
1862-1890
 
Waite, Morrison R.
1874-1888
Hunt, Ward
1872-1882
Holmes, Oliver W., Jr.
1902-1932
Lamar, Lucius Q. C.
1888-1893
Brown, Henry B.
1890-1906
 
Fuller, Melville W.
1888-1910
Blatchford, Samuel M.
1882-1893
Cardozo, Benjamin N.
1932-1938
Jackson, Howell E.
1893-1895
Moody, William H.
1906-1910
 
White, Edward D.
1910-1921
White, Edward D.
1894-1910
Frankfurter, Felix
1939-1962
Peckham, Rufus W.
1895-1909
Lamar, Joseph R.
1910-1916
 
Taft, William H.
1921-1930
Van Devanter, Willis
1910-1937
Goldberg, Arthur J.
1962-1965
Lurton, Horace H.
1909-1914
Brandeis, Louis D.
1916-1939
 
Hughes, Charles E.
1930-1941
Black, Hugo L.
1937-1971
Fortas, Abe
1965-1969
McReynolds, James C.
1914-1941
Douglas, William O.
1939-1975
 
Stone, Harlan F.
1941-1946
Powell, Lewis F., Jr.
1971-1987
Blackmun, Harry A.
1970-1994
Byrnes, James F.
1941-1942
Stevens, John Paul
1975-2010
 
Vinson, Frederick M.
1946-1953
Kennedy, Anthony M.
1988-
Breyer, Stephen G.
1994-
Rutledge, Wiley B.
1943-1949
Kagan, Elena
2010-
 
Warren, Earl
1953-1969
    Minton, Sherman
1949-1956
   
Burger, Warren E.
1969-1986
    Brennan, William J., Jr.
1956-1990
   
Rehnquist, William H.
1986-2005
    Souter, David H.
1990-2009
   
Roberts, John G., Jr.
2005-
    Sotomayor, Sonia
2009-
   
February 24, 1807
2 Stat. 420
March 3, 1837
5 Stat. 176
March 3, 1837
5 Stat. 176
March 3, 1863
12 Stat. 794
April 10, 1869
16 Stat. 44
Todd, Thomas
1807-1826
Catron, John1
1837-1865
McKinley, John
1837-1852
Field, Stephen J.
1863-1897
Bradley, Joseph P.
1870-1892
Trimble, Robert
1826-1828
  Campbell, John A.
1853-1861
McKenna, Joseph
1898-1925
Shiras, George, Jr.
1892-1903
McLean, John
1829-1861
  Davis, David
1862-1877
Stone, Harlan F.
1925-1941
Day, William R.
1903-1922
Swayne, Noah H.
1862-1881
  Harlan, John Marshall
1877-1911
Jackson, Robert H.
1941-1954
Butler, Pierce
1922-1939
Matthews, Stanley
1881-1889
  Pitney, Mahlon
1912-1922
Harlan, John Marshall (II)
1955-1971
Murphy, Frank
1940-1949
Brewer, David J.
1889-1910
  Sanford, Edward T.
1923-1930
Rehnquist, William H.
1971-1986
Clark, Tom C.
1949-1967
Hughes, Charles E.
1910-1916
  Roberts, Owen J.
1930-1945
Scalia, Antonin
1986-2016
Marshall, Thurgood
1967-1991
Clarke, John H.
1916-1922
  Burton, Harold H.
1945-1958
Gorsuch, Neil M.
2017-
Thomas, Clarence
1991-
Sutherland, George
1922-1938
  Stewart, Potter
1958-1981
   
Reed, Stanley F.
1938-1957
  O'Connor, Sandra Day
1981-2006
   
Whittaker, Charles E.
1957-1962
  Alito, Samuel A., Jr.
2006-
   
White, Byron R.
1962-1993
       
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader
1993-
       
1. The act of July 23, 1866, 14 Stat. 209, provided for a reduction in the number of seats on the Court from ten to seven by discontinuing the appointment of associate justices to vacancies until the prescribed size of the Court was met. In accordance with the statute, no successors to John Catron and James Wayne were appointed. Before the Court could be further reduced, the act of April 10, 1869, 16 Stat. 44, increased the number of authorized seats to nine.