The Jay, Rutledge, and Ellsworth Courts (1789–1800)


What early court justice served on the court for only a little more than one year because of circuit riding?

Justice Thomas Johnson, nominated by President George Washington in 1791, took office in November 1791 but did not last long because he detested the practice of riding circuit. Because of this onerous task, he resigned in February 1793. He has the distinction of serving the shortest time on the Court, writing only one opinion during his short time on the bench.


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