United States Supreme Court Justices Biographical Data, 1789-1958 (ICPSR 7240)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
John R. Schmidhauser


Version V1

This study contains biographical data on the 92 Supreme Court justices appointed between 1789 and 1958. Potter C. Stewart, appointed in 1958, was the last justice to be included in the study. The study recorded personal data such as place of birth, education, political as well as nonpolitical occupation, legal and judicial experience, age at the time of Supreme Court appointment, ethnic background, and religious affiliation. Other background information on each justice includes party identification, reputation as a frequent dissenter, and the state from which he was appointed. Various aspects of family background such as social and economic status, paternal occupation, and familial traditions of judicial service were also explored.

Schmidhauser, John R. United States Supreme Court Justices Biographical Data, 1789-1958. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07240.v1

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1789 -- 1958


The sample in this study consists of the entire population.

United States Supreme Court justices appointed between 1789 and 1958.

DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY, New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1957, and numerous other biographical publications

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