Supreme Court Trivia

Birth, Death, and Tenure

Who was the oldest justice appointed to the Court?

The oldest person appointed as a new justice to the Court was Horace Lurton, who was 65 when President William Howard Taft nominated him in 1909. The oldest person to become chief justice was 68-year-old Harlan Fiske Stone. He had spent the previous sixteen years as an associate justice before being nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941.


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