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Origins of the Federal Court System

Creation of the Court

Which framer first proposed how justices would obtain their positions?

Nathaniel Gorham, one of two members from Massachusetts who signed the Constitution at the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, first proposed the idea that the president should nominate the justices and the Senate should confirm them.



Massachusetts delegate Nathaniel Gorham first proposed that the president should nominate the justices and the Senate should confirm them. Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
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