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How many of these trivia questions did you know? Took me about 45 minutes to research this and type this up, so hopefully someone responds:

First Chief Justice: John Jay

  1. Only justice to be used as a diplomat: John Jay
  2. First Chief Justice that was former Assoc. Justice: John Rutledge
  3. Only justice to serve but then get unseated by the Senate: John Rutledge
  4. Last Judge to wear a full wig at court: William Cushing
  5. First Scottish born justice: James Wilson
  6. Only justice to go to debter's prison while in office: James Wilson
  7. First justice to die in office: James Wilson
  8. Shortest service as justice (163 days): Thomas Johnson
  9. First Irish born justice: William Paterson
  10. Only impeached justice (acquitted): Samuel Chase
  11. First justice closely related to a president (nephew): Bushrod Washington
  12. Justice who wrote only one court opinion: Alfred Moore
  13. Generally considered the most influential justice in US history: John Marshall
  14. Justice who was also the last Federalist to hold a national office: John Marshall
  15. First justice not from one of the original 13 states (KY): Thomas Todd
  16. Generally considered the most influential associate justice of the 19th century: Joseph Story
  17. First justice to seek the presidency: Smith Thompson
  18. First justice to seek the presidency multiple times (3x): John McLean
  19. First justice to flip parties from the president that appointed him: John McLean
  20. Chief Justice associated with the infamous Dred Scott decision, often considered the worst court decision ever: Roger B. Taney
  21. Only justice to have his statue removed: Roger B. Taney
  22. Only justice to resign his office as a matter of principal over a court decision: Benjamin Robbins Curtis
  23. Only justice to resign from the court to join the Confederacy: John Archibald Campbell
  24. First Republican justice: Noah Haynes Swayne
  25. First justice from the West Coast: Stephen J. Field
  26. First Chief to preside over the impeachment of a president: Salmon P Chase
  27. Only justice to have been confirmed after an initial failed nomination: Stanley Matthews
  28. First former Confederate to serve as a justice following the Civil War: Lucius QC Lamar
  29. Chief Justice who presided during the controversial Plessy v. Ferguson case: Melville Fuller
  30. First justice to serve despite having little relevant experience: George Shiras Jr
  31. Only justice to have his brother's nomination for the court fail: Rufus Peckham
  32. Generally considered the most influential associate justice of the 20th century: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
  33. First justice to hold positions in all branches of the government: William H Moody
  34. Oldest confirmed associate justice (age 65): Horace Lurton
  35. Only justice to be a nominee for a major party: Charles Evans Hughes
  36. First Jewish justice: Louis Brandeis
  37. Only justice to have been president of the United States: William H Taft
  38. Only justice to have been made an assoc justice by one party president and elevated to chief justice by another party president: Harlan F Stone
  39. Justice who went from nativist KKK member to staunch liberal: Hugo Black
  40. Longest serving justice in US History (36 years): William O Douglas
  41. Considered the least mainstream justice in US History (puritan progressive): William O Douglas
  42. Last justice to get support for candidacy for the office of president: William O Douglas
  43. Only justice to resign as a justice because he quickly learned he didn't like the job: James F Byrnes
  44. Justice that had previously served as US's chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials: Robert H Jackson
  45. Only justice to resign his seat to help his son earn a cabinet position: Tom C. Clark
  46. Generally considered the most influential Chief Justice of the 20th century: Earl Warren
  47. Justice who had a grandfather that had previously served on the court: John Marshall Harlan II
  48. Justice who had played in the National Football League: Byron White
  49. Justice who resigned to become UN Ambassador: Arthur Goldberg
  50. Associate Justice who resigned when his elevation to Chief Justice failed: Abe Fortas
  51. First black justice: Thurgood Marshall
  52. Chief Justice that presided during the 7-2 Roe v. Wade decision: Warren Burger
  53. Chief Justice that presided over Bill Clinton's impeachment: William Rehnquist
  54. Chief Justice that presided over Bush v. Gore that settled the 2000 Election: William Rehnquist
  55. First woman justice: Sandra Day O'Connor
  56. Justice who became a Conservative Icon in pop culture: Antonin Scalia
  57. Justice known for rarely speaking during oral arguments: Clarence Thomas
  58. First justice accused of sexual misconduct during his confirmation hearings: Clarence Thomas
  59. Justice who became a Liberal Icon in pop culture: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  60. Chief Justice who presided over the impeachment of Donald Trump: John Roberts
  61. First Hispanic and Latina justice: Sonia Sotomayor
  62. Justice who was confirmed under a new president after Merrick Garland's nomination was held up for over a year without a hearing or vote: Neil Gorsuch
  63. First justice to face multiple accusations of sexual misconduct at their confirmation hearing: Brett Kavanaugh

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2 minutes ago, admin_270 said:

Most from 53. onward could be a proxy for the deterioration of the republic. 2 impeachment attempts, 2 justices accused of sexual misconduct, pop icons, and refusal to even consider a nominee.

I think you're reading too much into @vcczar's use of the term, "pop icon." We aren't talking about Banksy or Joe the Plumber, here.

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1 hour ago, admin_270 said:

Most from 53. onward could be a proxy for the deterioration of the republic. 2 impeachment attempts, 2 justices accused of sexual misconduct, pop icons, and refusal to even consider a nominee.

I think changes in education, publication, and academic scholarship during this same time has been a decline from what came previously based off what has been published before and after say 1988 in history, political science, literature and in other liberal arts areas. There’s a lacking of depth in the books that comes partially from experts with writing with less complete knowledge, or they are so much of a specialist that their ignorance outside of their area of expertise really wrecks the credibility of their book or argument. The best books on us history that I’ve read have come most from c. 1940-c. 1988. Those before and after are really hit or miss. The best previous to 1940 are written by absolute geniuses. The best written after 1988 are great more for their storytelling ability, interesting tie bits, rather than their deep analysis or enlightening perspective. 

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I know I've read the following already once.

  1. First Chief Justice: John Jay
  2. Only justice to be used as a diplomat: John Jay
  3. First Chief Justice that was former Assoc. Justice: John Rutledge
  4. Only justice to serve but then get unseated by the Senate: John Rutledge
  5. Last Judge to wear a full wig at court: William Cushing
  6. First Scottish born justice: James Wilson
  7. Only justice to go to debter's prison while in office: James Wilson
  8. First justice to die in office: James Wilson
  9. Shortest service as justice (163 days): Thomas Johnson
  10. First Irish born justice: William Paterson
  11. Only impeached justice (acquitted): Samuel Chase
  12. First justice closely related to a president (nephew): Bushrod Washington
  13. Justice who wrote only one court opinion: Alfred Moore
  14. Generally considered the most influential justice in US history: John Marshall
  15. Justice who was also the last Federalist to hold a national office: John Marshall
  16. First justice not from one of the original 13 states (KY): Thomas Todd
  17. Generally considered the most influential associate justice of the 19th century: Joseph Story
  18. First justice to seek the presidency: Smith Thompson
  19. First justice to seek the presidency multiple times (3x): John McLean
  20. First justice to flip parties from the president that appointed him: John McLean
  21. Chief Justice associated with the infamous Dred Scott decision, often considered the worst court decision ever: Roger B. Taney
  22. Only justice to have his statue removed: Roger B. Taney
  23. Only justice to resign his office as a matter of principal over a court decision: Benjamin Robbins Curtis
  24. Only justice to resign from the court to join the Confederacy: John Archibald Campbell
  25. First Republican justice: Noah Haynes Swayne
  26. First justice from the West Coast: Stephen J. Field
  27. First Chief to preside over the impeachment of a president: Salmon P Chase
  28. Only justice to have been confirmed after an initial failed nomination: Stanley Matthews
  29. First former Confederate to serve as a justice following the Civil War: Lucius QC Lamar
  30. Chief Justice who presided during the controversial Plessy v. Ferguson case: Melville Fuller
  31. First justice to serve despite having little relevant experience: George Shiras Jr
  32. Only justice to have his brother's nomination for the court fail: Rufus Peckham
  33. Generally considered the most influential associate justice of the 20th century: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
  34. First justice to hold positions in all branches of the government: William H Moody
  35. Oldest confirmed associate justice (age 65): Horace Lurton
  36. Only justice to be a nominee for a major party: Charles Evans Hughes
  37. First Jewish justice: Louis Brandeis
  38. Only justice to have been president of the United States: William H Taft
  39. Only justice to have been made an assoc justice by one party president and elevated to chief justice by another party president: Harlan F Stone
  40. Justice who went from nativist KKK member to staunch liberal: Hugo Black
  41. Longest serving justice in US History (36 years): William O Douglas
  42. Considered the least mainstream justice in US History (puritan progressive): William O Douglas
  43. Last justice to get support for candidacy for the office of president: William O Douglas
  44. Only justice to resign as a justice because he quickly learned he didn't like the job: James F Byrnes
  45. Justice that had previously served as US's chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials: Robert H Jackson
  46. Only justice to resign his seat to help his son earn a cabinet position: Tom C. Clark
  47. Generally considered the most influential Chief Justice of the 20th century: Earl Warren
  48. Justice who had a grandfather that had previously served on the court: John Marshall Harlan II
  49. Justice who had played in the National Football League: Byron White
  50. Justice who resigned to become UN Ambassador: Arthur Goldberg
  51. Associate Justice who resigned when his elevation to Chief Justice failed: Abe Fortas
  52. First black justice: Thurgood Marshall
  53. Chief Justice that presided during the 7-2 Roe v. Wade decision: Warren Burger
  54. Chief Justice that presided over Bill Clinton's impeachment: William Rehnquist
  55. Chief Justice that presided over Bush v. Gore that settled the 2000 Election: William Rehnquist
  56. First woman justice: Sandra Day O'Connor
  57. Justice who became a Conservative Icon in pop culture: Antonin Scalia
  58. Justice known for rarely speaking during oral arguments: Clarence Thomas
  59. First justice accused of sexual misconduct during his confirmation hearings: Clarence Thomas
  60. Justice who became a Liberal Icon in pop culture: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  61. Chief Justice who presided over the impeachment of Donald Trump: John Roberts
  62. First Hispanic and Latina justice: Sonia Sotomayor
  63. Justice who was confirmed under a new president after Merrick Garland's nomination was held up for over a year without a hearing or vote: Neil Gorsuch
  64. First justice to face multiple accusations of sexual misconduct at their confirmation hearing: Brett Kavanaugh
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3 hours ago, pilight said:

By modern standards many, perhaps most, past justices committed sexual misconduct before taking office

That's why I mention "at their confirmation hearings"

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Since William O. Douglas was the last justice to consider running for office, it would be good if that occurred once again. If only Samuel Alito had political aspirations. He is my most favorite justice.

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6 hours ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

Since William O. Douglas was the last justice to consider running for office, it would be good if that occurred once again. If only Samuel Alito had political aspirations. He is my most favorite justice.

For what God forsaken reason is Mr. "Here's 2 paragraphs on the etymology of the word "and"" your favorite justice?

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2 minutes ago, Reagan04 said:

For what God forsaken reason is Mr. "Here's 2 paragraphs on the etymology of the word "and"" your favorite justice?

Well, Alito seems to be the perfect justice currently serving on the bench. Reliably conservative, free from scandals to my knowledge and holding utmost integrity. A true role model, I'd love to see more of out there. I am glad Bush and Harriet Miers withdrew their initial choice in the end. Alito isn't simply a crony and has true knowledge about his profession.

 

Roberts is great too when it comes down to integrity. However, he is too moderate for me sometimes.

Kavanaugh... well, you know...

Clarence Thomas is great when it comes to the issues, but his confirmation hearing was also in twilight I don't like to see in my beloved high court.

Gorsuch, I know you like him very much and I respect that, disappointed me in the Bostock ruling. 

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1 hour ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

Well, Alito seems to be the perfect justice currently serving on the bench. Reliably conservative, free from scandals to my knowledge and holding utmost integrity. A true role model, I'd love to see more of out there. I am glad Bush and Harriet Miers withdrew their initial choice in the end. Alito isn't simply a crony and has true knowledge about his profession.

 

Roberts is great too when it comes down to integrity. However, he is too moderate for me sometimes.

Kavanaugh... well, you know...

Clarence Thomas is great when it comes to the issues, but his confirmation hearing was also in twilight I don't like to see in my beloved high court.

Gorsuch, I know you like him very much and I respect that, disappointed me in the Bostock ruling. 

That's respectable. I guess we just prioritize things differently. I think Alito's opinions tend to be trite, meandering, and activist. He is a conservative activist. Again, he can't write for his life. I'd say this is my ranking:

Gorsuch

Barrett (?)

Thomas

Roberts

Kagan

Kavanaugh

Alito

Breyer

Sotomayor

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8 minutes ago, Reagan04 said:

That's respectable. I guess we just prioritize things differently. I think Alito's opinions tend to be trite, meandering, and activist. He is a conservative activist. Again, he can't write for his life. I'd say this is my ranking:

Gorsuch

Barrett (?)

Thomas

Roberts

Kagan

Kavanaugh

Alito

Breyer

Sotomayor

Thanks, for your ranking. I agree we prioritize things differently I'd say mine is:

 

Alito

Thomas

Gorsuch

Roberts

Kavanaugh

 

I have a hard time ranking the Democrats. I go with

Breyer

Kagan

Sotomayor

 

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Did you know Justice Felix Frankfurter was born in Vienna?

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On 9/23/2020 at 4:06 PM, admin_270 said:

Most from 53. onward could be a proxy for the deterioration of the republic. 2 impeachment attempts, 2 justices accused of sexual misconduct, pop icons, and refusal to even consider a nominee.

 

On 9/23/2020 at 5:16 PM, vcczar said:

I think changes in education, publication, and academic scholarship during this same time has been a decline from what came previously based off what has been published before and after say 1988 in history, political science, literature and in other liberal arts areas. There’s a lacking of depth in the books that comes partially from experts with writing with less complete knowledge, or they are so much of a specialist that their ignorance outside of their area of expertise really wrecks the credibility of their book or argument. The best books on us history that I’ve read have come most from c. 1940-c. 1988. Those before and after are really hit or miss. The best previous to 1940 are written by absolute geniuses. The best written after 1988 are great more for their storytelling ability, interesting tie bits, rather than their deep analysis or enlightening perspective. 

 

On 9/24/2020 at 6:07 AM, pilight said:

By modern standards many, perhaps most, past justices committed sexual misconduct before taking office

 

On 9/24/2020 at 9:53 AM, vcczar said:

That's why I mention "at their confirmation hearings"

 

On 9/24/2020 at 10:00 AM, Wiw said:

I only know numbers 59 and 62. I don't follow the Supreme Court that deeply.

 

On 9/25/2020 at 7:05 AM, Reagan04 said:

For what God forsaken reason is Mr. "Here's 2 paragraphs on the etymology of the word "and"" your favorite justice?

 

On 9/25/2020 at 9:21 AM, Hestia11 said:

(for a Democrats' perspective ;) )

Kagan

Sotomayor

Breyer

Roberts

Gorsuch

Alito

Thomas

Kavanaugh

 

 

 

2 minutes ago, Conservative Elector 2 said:

Did you know Justice Felix Frankfurter was born in Vienna?

Fun factoid (one I find very fun) - Canadian judges are so taken seriously for non-partisanship that they are forbidden to belong to, volunteer for, donate to, or make endorsements or supportive speech for, and political party, pressure, lobby, or special interest group, NGO, think-tank, or fundraising organization for any socio-political purposes, or even to vote, while they're on the bench. Novel concept, eh?

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4 hours ago, Patine said:

Fun factoid (one I find very fun) - Canadian judges are so taken seriously for non-partisanship that they are forbidden to belong to, volunteer for, donate to, or make endorsements or supportive speech for, and political party, pressure, lobby, or special interest group, NGO, think-tank, or fundraising organization for any socio-political purposes, or even to vote, while they're on the bench. Novel concept, eh?

The politicization of the American federal judiciary is another sign of the degeneration of the republic.

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On 9/25/2020 at 11:08 AM, Reagan04 said:

That's respectable. I guess we just prioritize things differently. I think Alito's opinions tend to be trite, meandering, and activist. He is a conservative activist. Again, he can't write for his life. I'd say this is my ranking:

Gorsuch

Barrett (?)

Thomas

Roberts

Kagan

Kavanaugh

Alito

Breyer

Sotomayor

I like the list. Gorsuch has proven to be a much better justice than most expected him to be, and I think that liberals should be happy that Trump put through two pretty great justices despite the hyper-partisanship of the court now. Imagine if we had two more Alitos... 

1. Kagan

2. Roberts

3 and 4 tied: Gorsuch and Breyer

5. Kavanaugh

6. Barrett? (Could move up to potentially 3 or 4 depending on what she's actually like on the court, will definitely not move down)

7. Sotomayor (far too activist for my liking)

8. Thomas

9999999999999999999999999999999: Alito

 

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53 minutes ago, Herbert Hoover said:

9999999999999999999999999999999: Alito

Alito is 9 trillionth place for literally everyone that is familiar with American Constitutional Law and the dynamics of the court. I could even see myself putting Breyer over him.

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43 minutes ago, Reagan04 said:

Alito is 9 trillionth place for literally everyone that is familiar with American Constitutional Law and the dynamics of the court. I could even see myself putting Breyer over him.

Yeah, I'm honestly surprised to see him 7th on your list, I was scared that we'd see appointments like Alito going into Trump's presidency. No offense to @Conservative Elector 2 but I see Alito as the most harmful justice on the court and its not even close, if we had more justices like Gorsuch and Roberts then I'd be much more comfortable with Republicans picking SC Justices. Unfortunately for every good pick, there is someone like Alito or Thomas. 

Granted, Sotomayor isn't amazing either, but I quite like Breyer and would have loved Garland on the court.

RBG was good in some aspects but also seemed to misunderstand the traditional role of the court in some others, even if I generally agree with what she wanted to accomplish as a fellow social liberal. She was far more an inspiration to women and I know a few women who have told me that RBG is one of the reasons that they ended up pursuing law, and I think that she was a great figurehead for the institution. There really hasn't been any justice known quite as well as her in quite some time, save Kavanaugh for entirely different reasons. 

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