Jurists in History

Historical Events

  • 1621-03-22 Dutch jurist Hugo de Groot (Hugo Grotius) escapes in book chest from Loevestein Castle in the Netherlands
  • 1804-11-30 Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase begins
  • 1870-02-14 Esther Morris appointed US' first female in Justice of the Peace in South Pass City, Wyoming, after previous justice, R.S. Barr, resigned to protest passage of Wyoming Territory's women's suffrage amendment in 1869
  • 1870-09-10 Dutch Jurist Cooperation forms
  • 1930-08-06 Supreme Court Justice John Force Crater disappears in NYC
  • 1930-09-01 NY World reports disappearance of supreme court justice Joseph Crater
  • 1939-06-06 NY supreme court justice J F Crater legally declared dead

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1953-06-17 US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stays executions of spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day their 14th anniversary

Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

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1953-09-30 Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • 1962-10-16 Byron R White becomes a Supreme Court Justice
  • 1963-04-21 The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time

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1967-06-13 Thurgood Marshall nominated as 1st African American Supreme Court justice

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1967-10-02 Thurgood Marshall sworn in as 1st black Supreme Court Justice
  • 1969-03-15 US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
  • 1969-06-18 A report published by the International Commission of Jurists on the British government's policy in Northern Ireland is critical of both the British government and the Northern Ireland government
  • 1970-06-09 Harry A Blackmun sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

  • 1971-12-06 Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as US Supreme Court justice
  • 1971-12-10 William H Rehnquist confirmed as Supreme Court justice
  • 1972-01-07 Lewis F. Powell Jr. becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1972-01-07 William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1975-11-12 Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas retired after 36 years
  • 1981-06-18 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires (replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman on US Supreme Court)
  • 1981-09-25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as the 1st female US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1986-09-26 Antonin Scalia, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1987-06-26 Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announces his retirement
  • 1988-02-18 Anthony Kennedy, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1990-10-09 David Hackett Souter, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 1991-10-15 Clarence Thomas is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice (52-48)
  • 1991-10-23 Clarence Thomas sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • 1993-03-19 US Supreme Court Justice Byron R White announced plans to retire

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1993-08-10 Ruth Bader Ginsburg sworn in as a US Supreme Court Justice

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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1994-02-20 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1994-04-06 Liberal Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun (Roe v Wade) resigns
  • 1994-07-12 Nomination hearings for Steven Breyer for supreme court justice begins
  • 1994-08-12 Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 2006-01-31 US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retires and is replaced by Samuel Alito
  • 2007-11-03 Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule across Pakistan. He suspended the Constitution, imposed State of Emergency, and fired the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

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2016-03-16 US President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2018-06-27 US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces he will retire 31st July

Famous Birthdays

  • 0994-11-07 Muhammad ibn Hazm, Andalusian historian, jurist and author of Islamic Spain, born in Córdoba, Caliphate of Córdoba (d. 1064)
  • 1360-08-10 Francesco Zabarella, Italian jurist (d. 1417)
  • 1502-03-20 Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
  • 1551-01-14 Alberico Gentili, Italian lawyer & jurist, born in Province of Macerata, Italy (d. 1608)
  • 1577-05-01 François de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1654)
  • 1583-04-10 Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist, father of international law, born in Delft, Holland (d. 1645)
  • 1584-12-16 John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar, born in Salvington, Sussex, England (d. 1654)
  • 1619-06-07 Paulus Voet, Dutch jurist and historian, born in Heusden, Netherlands (d. 1667)
  • 1625-11-30 Jean Domat, French jurist, born in Clermont, Auvergne (d. 1696)
  • 1632-01-08 Samuel von Pufendorf, German jurist, born in Zwönitz, Germany (d. 1694)
  • 1655-01-01 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (d. 1728)
  • 1664-01-20 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (d. 1718)
  • 1673-05-29 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines, born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1743)
  • 1681-09-11 Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist, born in Eisenberg, Germany (d. 1741)

Person of interestWilliam Blackstone

1723-07-10 William Blackstone, English jurist (Blackstone's Commentaries), born in London, England (d. 1780)

  • 1732-03-01 William Cushing, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, born in Scituate, Massachusetts Bay, British America (d. 1810)
  • 1738-09-22 Dionysius Godefridus van der Keessel, Dutch jurist (Theses Selectae, Select Theses on the Laws of Holland and Zeeland), born in Deventer, Overijssel (d. 1816)
  • 1739-09-17 John Rutledge, American 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, born in Charleston, South Carolina, British America (d. 1800)
  • 1746-09-28 William Jones, British orientalist and jurist, born in London (d. 1794)
  • 1752-12-06 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1811-35), born in Marietta, Maryland (d. 1844)

Person of interestJohn Marshall

1755-09-24 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), born in Germantown, Virginia (d. 1835)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1758-06-18 Quint Ondaatje, Dutch jurist and politician, born in Colombo (d. 1818)
  • 1764-05-28 Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman, born in Columbia County, New York (d. 1836)
  • 1771-09-17 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1816)
  • 1779-09-18 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • 1783-05-25 Philip Pendleton Barbour, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice, born in Gordonsville, Virginia (d. 1841)
  • 1784-04-24 Peter Vivian Daniel, American jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1841-60), born in Stafford County, Virginia (d. 1860)
  • 1785-03-11 John McLean, American Supreme Court Justice (1829-61) and Postmaster General, born in Morris County, New Jersey (d. 1861)
  • 1786-01-07 John Catron, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1865)
  • 1788-08-25 Cornelis J van Assen, Dutch jurist (Language of the Constitution), born in Harlingen, Friesland (d. 1859)
  • 1794-03-05 Robert Cooper Grier, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1870)
  • 1796-05-21 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Annapolis, (d. 1876)
  • 1803-08-18 Nathan Clifford, American statesman, diplomat, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1881)
  • 1809-11-04 Benjamin Robbins Curtis, American attorney and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Watertown, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1811-06-24 John Archibald Campbell, American jurist and Supreme Court justice (1853–61), born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1889)
  • 1812-12-24 Karl Eduard Zachariae, German jurist, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1814-08-08 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, born in Tioga County, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1815-03-09 David Davis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Cecil County, Maryland (d. 1886)
  • 1815-12-22 Johann Jakob Bachofen, Swiss antiquarian & jurist, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1887)
  • 1816-04-05 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1890)
  • 1816-11-04 Stephen Johnson Field, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1899)
  • 1816-11-29 Morrison Waite, American jurist (d. 1888)
  • 1817-03-04 Edwards Pierrepont, American statesman, jurist and lawyer; 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
  • 1820-03-09 Samuel Blatchford, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Auburn, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1820-04-04 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1820-05-23 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, born in Le Roy, New York (d. 1891)
  • 1825-09-17 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, born in Eatonton, Georgia (d. 1893)
  • 1829-09-24 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1885)
  • 1832-01-26 George Shiras Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1924)
  • 1832-03-17 Walter Quintin Gresham, American statesman, jurist, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Lanesville, Indiana (d. 1895)
  • 1833-06-01 John Marshall Harlan, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1911)
  • 1834-02-09 Felix Dahn, German Historian, jurist and poet, born in Hamburg (d. 1912)
  • 1835-01-13 Gustaaf Rolin-Jaequemyns, Belgian jurist/minister of the Interior
  • 1836-03-02 Henry Billings Brown, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1913)
  • 1837-01-20 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1910)

Person of interestOliver Wendell Holmes Jr

1841-03-08 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1935)

  • 1841-04-06 Karl Binding, German jurist (d. 1920)
  • 1843-04-01 Ludwig Enneccerus, German jurist
  • 1845-11-03 Edward Douglass White, American politician and jurist (9th Chief Justice of the United States), born in Thibodaux, Louisiana (d. 1921)
  • 1847-04-13 Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, Dutch jurist and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1888-93), born in Wadenoijen, Netherlands (d. 1908)
  • 1849-04-17 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Ravenna, Ohio (d. 1923)
  • 1849-11-05 Ruy Barbosa, Brazilian polymath, writer and politician, born in Salvador, Bahia, Empire of Brazil (d. 1923)
  • 1862-12-03 Jules Renkin, Belgian politician (28th Prime Minister of Belgium 1931-32), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1934
  • 1863-03-04 John Henry Wigmore, American jurist and expert in the law of evidence (d. 1943)
  • 1864-06-29 Ashutosh Mukherjee, Bengali educator, jurist, barrister and mathematician described as the "Banglar Bagh" (Tiger of Bengal), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1924)
  • 1866-03-17 Pierce Butler, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1939)
  • 1867-08-25 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1868-03-05 Prosper Poullet, Belgian viscount/jurist/minister
  • 1870-05-24 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • 1870-07-20 Vladimir D Nabokov, Russian jurist/minister of Justice (1918-19)
  • 1874-07-07 Erwin Bumke, German jurist (d. 1945)
  • 1877-08-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (d. 1954)
  • 1878-01-31 Willem J M van Eysinga, Dutch international law jurist
  • 1879-06-22 Thibaudeau Rinfret, jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1962)
  • 1881-11-05 George A. Malcolm, American jurist (17th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and educator, born in Concord, Michigan (d. 1961)
  • 1882-03-26 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Grenchen, Switzerland (d. 1940)
  • 1882-08-26 Carl Wilhelm de Vries, Dutch jurist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1967)
  • 1882-11-15 Felix Frankfurter, 80th Supreme Court Justice (1939-62), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1886-02-27 Hugo L Black, Ala, (Sen-D-Ala)/78th Supreme Court justice (1937-71)
  • 1887-10-05 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), born in Bayonne, Basque Country, France (d. 1976)
  • 1888-06-22 Harold Burton, U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1964)
  • 1889-04-19 Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist and politician (Reich Minister of Justice 1942-45), born in Wurzen, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire (d. 1946)

Person of interestB.R. Ambedkar

1891-04-14 B.R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, born in Mhow, India (d. 1956)

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • 1891-06-02 Thurman Arnold, American attorney and jurist (d. 1969)
  • 1891-11-28 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist (48th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and politician, born in Mandurriao, Iloilo, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • 1892-02-13 Robert Houghwout Jackson, 84th Supreme Court justice (1941-54)
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1898-10-16 William O Douglas, Maine, 81st Supreme Court justice (1939-75)
  • 1899-05-20 John M Harlan, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1901-01-14 Carlos P. Romulo, Philippine diplomat & statesman, born in Manila, Phillipines (d. 1985)
  • 1901-02-22 Charles E Whittaker, Kansas, US Supreme Court justice (1957-62)
  • 1902-08-19 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (d. 1994)
  • 1903-06-19 Hans Litten, German jurist (d. 1938)
  • 1905-02-10 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, born in La Línea de la Concepción (d. 1988)

Person of interestJohn Peters Humphrey

1905-04-30 John Peters Humphrey, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate (Universal Declaration on Human Rights), born in Hampton, New Brunswick (d. 1995)

  • 1905-08-09 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice, born in Bowden, Cheshire (d. 1988)
  • 1906-12-25 Herman J Scheltema, [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist/poet
  • 1907-09-19 Lewis F. Powell Jr., American Supreme Court justice (1972-87), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1998)

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

1908-07-02 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1908-08-08 Arthur J Goldberg, Ill, UN ambassador/Supreme Court justice (1962-65)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1734-02-16 Jurist William Allen (29) weds Margaret Hamilton

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen

LoveWedding of Interest

1761-05-05 Jurist William Blackstone (37) weds Sarah Clitherow

LoveWedding of Interest

1783-01-03 US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (27) weds Mary Willis Ambler in Hanover County, Virginia

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall

LoveWedding of Interest

1847-08-04 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville

LoveWedding of Interest

1872-06-17 Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr (31) weds childhood friend Fanny Bowditch Dixwell

LoveWedding of Interest

1925-10-04 Jurist Earl Warren (34) weds Nina Elisabeth Palmquist Meyers

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren

LoveWedding of Interest

1930-09-04 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall

LoveWedding of Interest

1954-06-23 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg (21) weds taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Famous Deaths

  • 0820-01-20 Muslim jurist Abu Abdallah M ibn Idris al-Sjafi'i, dies
  • 1064-08-15 Muhammad ibn Hazm, Andalusian historian, jurist and author of Islamic Spain, dies at 69
  • 1265-12-03 Odofredus, Italian jurist
  • 1357-07-13 Bartolus de Saxoferrato Italian jurist (b. 1313)
  • 1417-09-26 Francesco Zabarella, Italian jurist (b. 1360)
  • 1548-12-27 Francesco Spiera, Italian Protestant jurist (b. 1502)
  • 1575-12-31 Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (b. 1502)
  • 1608-06-19 Alberico Gentili, Italian jurist (b. 1551)
  • 1634-08-09 William Noy, English jurist (b. 1577)
  • 1645-08-28 Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist, father of international law, dies at 62
  • 1654-05-03 François de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, dies at 77
  • 1654-11-30 John Selden, English jurist and oriental scholar, dies at 69
  • 1661-03-01 Richard Zouch, English jurist (b. 1590)
  • 1685-10-12 Christoph Ignaz Abele, Austrian jurist (b. 1628)
  • 1696-03-14 Jean Domat, French jurist, dies at 70
  • 1718-01-06 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (b. 1664)
  • 1728-09-23 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (b. 1655)
  • 1741-08-31 Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist, dies at 59
  • 1743-04-16 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines, dies at 69
  • 1744-03-03 Jean Barbeyrac, French jurist
  • 1748-09-06 Edmund Gibson, English jurist (b. 1669)
  • 1771-11-06 Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch jurist, dies at 69

Person of interestWilliam Blackstone

1780-02-14 William Blackstone, English jurist (Blackstone's Commentaries), dies at 56

  • 1794-04-27 William Jones, British orientalist & jurist, dies at 47
  • 1800-07-23 John Rutledge, American 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, dies at 60
  • 1806-09-09 William Paterson, American jurist and statesman (b. 1745)
  • 1816-08-07 Dionysius Godefridus van der Keessel, Dutch jurist (Theses Selectae, Select Theses on the Laws of Holland and Zeeland), dies at 77
  • 1816-08-09 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer, dies at 44
  • 1818-04-18 Quint Ondaatje, Dutch jurist & politician, dies at 59

Person of interestJohn Marshall

1835-07-06 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), dies at 79

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1841-02-25 Philip Pendleton Barbour, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice, dies at 57
  • 1843-03-27 Karl Salomo Zachariae von Lingenthal, German jurist (b. 1769)
  • 1844-03-06 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1811-35), dies at 91
  • 1845-09-10 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), dies at 65
  • 1846-02-14 Cornelis Felix van Maanen, Dutch Minister of Justice (1807-42), dies at 76
  • 1860-05-31 Peter Vivian Daniel, American jurist, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1841-60), dies at 76
  • 1861-04-04 John McLean, American Supreme Court Justice (1829-61) and Postmaster General, dies at 76
  • 1876-02-10 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), dies at 79
  • 1885-10-23 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, dies at 56
  • 1889-03-12 John Archibald Campbell, American jurist and Supreme Court justice (1853–61), dies at 77
  • 1890-10-13 Samuel Freeman Miller, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 74
  • 1891-09-07 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, dies at 71
  • 1892-01-22 Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)
  • 1893-01-23 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, American politician and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 67
  • 1897-11-15 John Mercer Langston, 1st African-American to hold US political office, dies at 67
  • 1902-04-02 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, dies at 87
  • 1903-03-16 Roy Bean, American jurist
  • 1908-09-03 Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, Dutch jurist and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1888-93), dies at 61
  • 1910-03-28 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1837)
  • 1910-07-04 Melville Fuller, American 8th Chief Justice of the United States, dies at 77
  • 1911-04-14 Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
  • 1911-10-14 John Marshall Harlan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1833)
  • 1912-01-03 Felix Dahn, German historian, jurist and poet, dies at 77
  • 1915-09-27 Conrad T van Deventer, Dutch jurist/MP (liberal), dies at 57
  • 1920-04-07 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • 1923-07-09 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, dies at 74
  • 1924-05-25 Ashutosh Mukherjee, Bengali educator, jurist, barrister and mathematician described as the "Banglar Bagh" (Tiger of Bengal), dies abruptly at 59
  • 1930-03-08 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
  • 1938-02-05 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • 1938-07-09 Benjamin N. Cardozo, American lawyer and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1938-07-29 Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1939-11-16 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • 1940-08-21 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 58
  • 1945-02-10 Anacleto Diaz, Filipino jurist (b. 1878)
  • 1945-02-12 Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
  • 1946-11-22 Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist and politician (Reich Minister of Justice 1942-45), dies at 57
  • 1949-08-17 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist (48th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and politician, dies at 57
  • 1951-09-06 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, dies at 84
  • 1954-02-11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)

Person of interestB.R. Ambedkar

1956-12-06 B.R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, dies after suffering from diabetes at 65

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • 1961-05-16 George A. Malcolm, American jurist (17th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and educator, dies at 79
  • 1962-07-25 Thibaudeau Rinfret, Canadian jurist and Chief Justice (b. 1879)
  • 1965-02-22 Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1882)
  • 1966-07-22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1967-08-19 Carl Wilhelm de Vries, Dutch jurist, dies at 84

Person of interestEarl Warren

1974-07-09 Earl Warren, Governor of California and 14th US Supreme Court Chief Justice (1953-69), dies at 83

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • 1976-02-20 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), dies at 88
  • 1977-06-13 Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77
  • 1982-04-05 Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
  • 1985-12-07 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • 1988-02-02 G Mennen Williams, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • 1988-06-17 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice, dies at 82
  • 1989-06-23 Werner Best, German jurist and nazi leader (b. 1903)
  • 1990-01-09 Sir Edward McTiernan, Australian jurist, lawyer and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1992-07-31 G Harold Carswell, supreme court justice candidate 1970, dies at 72
  • 1992-08-24 Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader/jurist (Constitution), dies at 74

Person of interestThurgood Marshall

1993-01-24 Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American supreme court justice (1967-91), dies 84

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1993-09-02 John [Eoin] Higgins, Northern Ireland supreme court justice (1984-93), dies at 66
  • 1993-10-25 Mary C Lawton, jurist (CIA's Agency Seal Medallion), dies at 58
  • 1993-12-06 Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered
  • 1994-12-27 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)

Person of interestJohn Peters Humphrey

1995-03-14 John Peters Humphrey, Canadian jurist and human rights advocate, dies at 89

  • 1995-06-25 Warren Earl Burger, Supreme Court Justice, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1996-05-15 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
  • 1998-08-25 Lewis F. Powell Jr., American Supreme Court justice (1972-87), dies at 90
  • 1999-03-04 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • 1999-12-04 Rose Elizabeth Bird, California Supreme Court Justice (1977-87), dies at 63
  • 2000-04-01 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist, dies at 75
  • 2002-04-15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player & U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 84