Supreme Court Trivia

Hail to the Chief

Which presidents made no Supreme Court appointments?

Neither William Henry Harrison nor Zachary Taylor served as president long enough to be afforded the opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court justice. Harrison died in 1841, after only one month in office; Taylor died during his sixteenth month in office in 1850. Andrew Johnson, who served nearly a full term (1865–69), following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in April 1865, also did not make a selection for the high court. The only full-term president who made no Supreme Court appointments was Jimmy Carter, who served from 1977 to 1981.


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