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The White Court (1910–21)

Introduction

What was unusual about Justice White becoming chief justice?

Edward White was the first associate justice to be promoted to chief justice. White had served on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1894 on the Fuller Court before being elevated to chief justice after the retirement of Chief Justice Melville Fuller. The other unusual aspect was that it was the first time a president of one political party nominated someone for chief justice from another political party. President William Howard Taft, a Republican, nominated White, who was a Democrat.



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