George Washington


Who were Washington’s U.S. Supreme Court appointees?

Washington’s first six appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court were: Chief Justice John Jay and Justices James Wilson, William Cushing, John Blair, John Rutledge, and James Iredell. The U.S. Constitution does not provide for a specific number of justices. Rather, Congress originally set the number at six justices.

Washington later appointed Thomas Johnson, William Paterson, Samuel Chase, and Oliver Ellsworth. Washington’s nephew Bushrod Washington became the next Supreme Court justice, though he was appointed by the next president, John Adams.


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