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Here's a list of top five Presidents by total years that their justices served on the Supreme Court (rounded up): 

  1. FDR's justices combine for 147 years. (122 of these years are from justices appoint in his first two-terms alone). 
  2. Andrew Jackson's justices combine for 128 years. 
  3. Abraham Lincoln for 104 years
  4. Ronald Reagan for 102 years
  5. Eisenhower for 95 years. 

List of top 5 presidents for most successful nomination in which the justice took their seat:

  1. George Washington, 10 justices 
  2. FDR, 9 justices (5 were in his first two terms)
  3. William Howard Taft, 6 justices (all one term!)
  4. Andrew Jackson, 6 justices
  5. Abraham Lincoln, 5 justices
  6. Dwight D Eisenhower, 5 justices

List of top 5 presidents by botches appointments, either because the nominee was blocked, withdrawn, Merrick Garlanded, died, declined, etc.:

  • John Tyler, 8 justices failed to take a seat---almost comical in hindsight. 
  • George Washington, 4 (had a hard time finding people that wanted the job)
  • Ulysses S Grant, 4
  • Andrew Jackson, 3
  • James Madison, 3
  • Grover Cleveland, 3
  • Millard Fillmore, 3 (impressive considering this was in half a term)

List of presidents never to appoint a SC justice:

  • William Henry Harrison
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Andrew Johnson (had an appointment blocked)
  • Jimmy Carter (only president to serve a full term and not get an appointment)

Other facts:

  • Trump has had more appointments than 10 presidents. 
  • James Monroe and William McKinley are the only two-termers with only one appointment. 
  • Trump's justices have already served longer than John Quincy Adams's appointment. 
  • John Quincy Adams is the only president to outlast his SC appointments. His sole appointment lasted about 2 years. Adams's replacement was blocked. 

I predict that Ruth Bader Ginsburg won't last 4 years, so the next president will likely get one appointment. I also think that Clarence Thomas is high risk to die within 4 years, but I'm only 50/50 here. I think Breyer retires if Joe Biden wins. The winner of the next election will have anywhere from 0 to 3 appointments. 

@Conservative Elector 2 @Herbert Hoover might find this post interesting

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If Biden wins and the Dems get the senate, Ginsburg might also retire.

John Tyler was at such odds with the senate he could barely get lower court judges approved.  Only six got through in his whole term.

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7 hours ago, vcczar said:

 

@Conservative Elector 2 @Herbert Hoover might find this post interesting

Thanks for this extraordinary analysis. I enjoyed it very much, may I ask which book you used as source or did you just count the years by yourself using Wikipedia?

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6 hours ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

Thanks for this extraordinary analysis. I enjoyed it very much, may I ask which book you used as source or did you just count the years by yourself using Wikipedia?

I counted the years myself. 

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