Category Archives: This Day In Supreme Court History

This Day in Supreme Court History—November 3, 1884

On this day in 1884 the Supreme Court held in John Elk v. Charles Wilkins that a Native American born in the United States could be denied the right to vote. In 1880, John Elk, a Winnebago Indian, tried to register to vote in Omaha, Nebraska. Charles Wilkins, the local registrar of voters, denied his … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History—November 3, 1884

This Day in Supreme Court History: October 26, 2010

On this day in 2010, the Supreme Court vacated an emergency restraining order preventing the execution of Jeffrey Landrigan. Arizona executed him that day. Landrigan was convicted of first degree felony murder in 1990 and sentenced to death. After years of unsuccessful appeals, on September 15, 2010, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a warrant of … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History: October 26, 2010

This Day in Supreme Court History: October 19, 1789

On this day in 1789, John Jay took the oath to become the first Chief Justice of the United States. Before being chosen by President George Washington to lead the newly formed Supreme Court, Jay was one of the leading figures of early American politics. During the Revolutionary War, he served as President of the … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History: October 19, 1789

This Day in Supreme Court History: October 12, 1864

On this day in 1864, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney died. Taney’s career on the Supreme Court was marked by controversy from the start. Nominated to the Court by President Andrew Jackson in 1835, the Senate initially refused to confirm Taney as an Associate Justice because of his controversial record as Jackson’s Attorney General, particularly … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History: October 12, 1864

This Day in Supreme Court History: October 5, 1953

On this day in 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States. Warren replaced Chief Justice Fred Vinson, who had died of a heart attack on September 8, 1953. When President Dwight Eisenhower nominated the Republican governor of California to become the next Chief Justice, he praised Warren … Continue reading This Day in Supreme Court History: October 5, 1953