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Chief Justice of the United States

senior justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Chief Justice of the United States is the senior judge of the Supreme Court of the United States.

They have no more powers than any of the other judges of the Supreme Court, who are called Associate Justices. The Chief Justice is responsible for organizing the Court's schedules and administration.

By tradition, the Chief Justice administers the oath of office to the President of the United States. The only time this has not happened is when Calvin Coolidge became president.

List of Chief JusticesEdit

§ Recess appointment, later rejected by the Senate on December 15, 1795
¤ Previously served as an Associate Justice, but at a time disconnected to service as Chief Justice
° Elevated from Associate Justice
Also served as U.S. President
Died in office
No. Chief Justice Image Term of Office Nominated by President
1 John Jay   October 19, 1789–June 29, 1795 George Washington
2 John Rutledge §, ¤   July 1, 1795–December 28, 1795
3 Oliver Ellsworth   March 8, 1796–December 15, 1800
4 John Marshall   February 4, 1801–July 6, 1835† John Adams (F)
5 Roger Brooke Taney   March 28, 1836–October 12, 1864† Andrew Jackson (D)
6 Salmon Portland Chase   December 15, 1864–May 7, 1873† Abraham Lincoln (R)
7 Morrison Remick Waite   March 4, 1874–March 23, 1888† Ulysses S. Grant (R)
8 Melville Weston Fuller   October 8, 1888–July 4, 1910† Grover Cleveland (D)
9 Edward Douglass White °   December 19, 1910–May 19, 1921† William Howard Taft (R)
10 William Howard Taft   July 11, 1921–February 3, 1930 Warren G. Harding (R)
11 Charles Evans Hughes ¤   February 24, 1930–June 30, 1941 Herbert Hoover (R)
12 Harlan Fiske Stone °   July 3, 1941–April 22, 1946† Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
13 Frederick Moore Vinson   June 24, 1946–September 8, 1953† Harry S. Truman (D)
14 Earl Warren   October 5, 1953–June 23, 1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
15 Warren Earl Burger   June 23, 1969–September 26, 1986 Richard Nixon (R)
16 William Hubbs Rehnquist °   September 26, 1986–September 3, 2005† Ronald Reagan (R)
17 John Glover Roberts, Jr.   September 29, 2005–present George W. Bush (R)