The Warren Court (1953–69)


What prior experience did Earl Warren have before assuming the position of chief justice?

Earl Warren served in public office from 1919 until his resignation from the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969. From 1919 to 1920, he served as deputy city attorney for Oakland, California. From 1920 to 1925, he served as district attorney for Alameda County. From 1939 to 1943, he served as California attorney general. From 1943 to 1953, he served as governor of California. In 1948, Warren was unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey’s vice presidential running mate. In 1952, Warren sought the Republican nomination for president but later withdrew and supported General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower returned the favor the next year by nominating Warren as chief justice.

U.S. Supreme Court chief justice Earl Warren. Fabian Bachrach/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.

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