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The Supreme Court Justices

The Supreme Court Justices
Illustrated Biographies, 1789–2012

Third Edition
Edited by:

December 2012 | 584 pages | CQ Press

The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies, 1789–2012, Third Edition, provides a single-volume reference profiling every Supreme Court justice from John Jay through Elena Kagan. An original essay on each justice paints a vivid picture of his or her individuality as shaped by family, education, pre-Court career, and the times in which he or she lived. Each biographical essay also presents an overview of the justice’s jurisprudence, the major cases during his or her tenure, and the justice’s relationships with the other members of the Court. Essays are arranged in the order of the justices’ appointments. Lively anecdotes along with portraits, photographs, and political cartoons enrich the text and deepen readers’ understanding of the justices and the Court. The volume includes an extensive bibliography and is indexed for easy research access.   



 New to this edition

  •  Foreword by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. 
  •  Updated essays on sitting or recently retired members of the court 
  •  New biographies for Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Associate Justices Samuel A. Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan
  • A revised listing of members of the Supreme Court with appointment and confirmation dates —as new documents have come to light, the editor has reassessed the dates of service of several of the justices

  • An updated bibliography with key sources on the Supreme Court and the justices
  • All-new images replace nearly one fourth of the illustrations in this edition

There is no better reference than this updated new volume for insightful background and dynamic commentary on the individuals who have served on the Supreme Court of the United States. This is a vital reference work for researchers, students, and others interested in the Supreme Court’s past, present, and future.


Editor Clare Cushman is director of publications for the Supreme Court Historical Society, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The society accomplishes its mission by conducting educational programs of interest to legal practitioners, scholars, and the general public by supporting historical research, publishing books, journals, and electronic materials and by collecting antiques and artifacts related to the Court’s history.

Front Matter
Contents (brief)
List of Biographies
John Jay
John Rutledge
William Cushing
James Wilson
John Blair, Jr.
James Iredell
Thomas Johnson
William Paterson
Samuel Chase
Oliver Ellsworth
Bushrod Washington
Alfred Moore
John Marshall
William Johnson
Brockholst Livingston
Thomas Todd
Gabriel Duvall
Joseph Story
Smith Thompson
Robert Trimble
John McLean
Henry Baldwin
James M. Wayne
Roger B. Taney
Philip P. Barbour
John Catron
John McKinley
Peter V. Daniel
Samuel Nelson
Levi Woodbury
Robert C. Grier
Benjamin R. Curtis
John A. Campbell
Nathan Clifford
Noah H. Swayne
Samuel F. Miller
David Davis
Stephen J. Field
Salmon P. Chase
William Strong
Joseph P. Bradley
Ward Hunt
Morrison R. Waite
John Marshall Harlan
William B. Woods
Stanley Matthews
Horace Gray
Samuel Blatchford
Lucius Q. C. Lamar
Melville W. Fuller
David J. Brewer
Henry B. Brown
George Shiras, Jr.
Howell E. Jackson
Edward Douglass White
Rufus W. Peckha
Joseph McKenna
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
William R. Day
William H. Moody
Horace H. Lurton
Charles Evans Hughes
Willis Van Devanter
Joseph R. Lamar
Mahlon Pitney
James C. McReynolds
Louis D. Brandeis
John H. Clarke
William Howard Taft
George Sutherland
Pierce Butler
Edward T. Sanford
Harlan Fiske Stone
Owen J. Roberts
Benjamin N. Cardozo
Hugo L. Black
Stanley Reed
Felix Frankfurter
William O. Douglas
Frank Murphy
James F. Byrnes
Robert H. Jackson
Wiley B. Rutledge
Harold H. Burton
Fred M. Vinson
Tom C. Clark
Sherman Minton
Earl Warren
John Marshall Harlan
William J. Brennan, Jr
Charles E. Whittaker
Potter Stewart
Byron R. White
Arthur J. Goldberg
Abe Fortas
Thurgood Marshall
Warren E. Burger
Harry A. Blackmun
Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
William H. Rehnquist
John Paul Stevens
Sandra Day O’Connor
Antonin Scalia
Anthony M. Kennedy
David H. Souter
Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen G. Breyer
John G. Roberts, Jr.
Samuel Alito
Sonia Sotomayor
Elena Kagan
Appendix Material
Members of the Supreme Court
Author Affiliations
General Sources on the Supreme Court and the Justices

Sources on Individual Justices

Books about the Supreme Court for Young Readers

Books about Supreme Court Justices for Young Readers


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