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
James C. Gaither Stanford (1964) 1964
Francis X. Beytagh Michigan (1963) 1963
Theodore R. Boehm Harvard (1963) 1963
James K. Hoenig Stanford (1963) 1963
Peter Low Virginia (1963) 1963
Timothy B. Dyk Harvard (1961) 1962
John D. Niles Berkeley (1962) 1962
Peter R. Taft Yale (1961) 1962
Peter D. Ehrenhaft Columbia (1957) 1961
R. Markham Ball Harvard (1960) 1960
Jesse H. Choper Penn (1960) 1960
Murray H. Bring NYU (1959) 1959
William H. Dempsey Yale (1955) 1959
Ralph J. Moore, Jr. Berkeley (1959) 1959
Marc A. Franklin Cornell (1956) 1958

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