Earl Warren

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Thursday, March 19, 1891
Tuesday, July 9, 1974
Childhood Location 
Childhood Surroundings 
Methias Warren
Father's Occupation 
Railroad car mechanic
Chrystal Hernlund
Family Status 
Chief Justice
Nominated By 
Commissioned on 
Friday, October 2, 1953
Sworn In 
Monday, October 5, 1953
Left Office 
Monday, June 23, 1969
Reason For Leaving 
Length of Service 
15 years, 8 months, 18 days
Earl Warren
The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States (Artist: signed C.J. Fox (painted by others))

Earl Warren was an immensely popular Republican governor when President Dwight Eisenhower appointed him to the Supreme Court. Ike later regretted his choice; he had hoped toappoint a moderate conservative; Warren proved to be an unabashed liberal.

Warren joined the Court in the midst of one of its most important issues: racial segregation in public schools. The new Chief proved an effective leader (unlike his predecessor) by bringing the Brethren from division to unanimity on the issue of racial equality. At the end of his service, Warren concluded that his greatest contribution to government was his opinion in the reapportionment cases. However, his contribution to racial equality still stands as a testament to his role as a leader extraordinaire.

In November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson called on a reluctant Warren to serve as a member of the special committee to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. When first approached by the Attorney General Robert Kennedy (brother to the slain president), Warren declined. He was concerned that such service would tarnish the Court's legitimacy. But in this secretly recorded telephone call, Johnson explained to Sen. Richard Russell how he persuaded Warren to serve.

In a public address following his retirement for the Court, Warren articulated his strong commitment to the principle of equality and admonished Americans that they face continued strife and upheaval by failing to heed the rightful demands for equality.

Clerk Law School Terms Clerked
John W. Keker Yale (1970) 1970
Scott Bice USC (1968) 1968
Earl C. Dudley, Jr. Virginia (1967) 1968
C. Boyden Gray North Carolina (1968) 1968
Paul J. Meyer Notre Dame 1968
Tyrone Brown Cornell (1967) 1967
J. Larry Nichols Michigan (1967) 1967
Larry Simon Yale 1967
Phillip E. Johnson Chicago (1965) 1966
C. Douglas Kranwinkle Michigan (1965) 1966
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. Yale (1966) 1966
James T. Hale Minnesota (1965) 1965
Michael E. Smith Michigan (1964) 1965
Kenneth Ziffren UCLA (1965) 1965
John Hart Ely Yale (1963) 1964

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