Mahlon Pitney

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Friday, February 5, 1858
Tuesday, December 9, 1924
Childhood Location 
New Jersey
Childhood Surroundings 
New Jersey
Associate Justice
Nominated By 
Commissioned on 
Wednesday, March 13, 1912
Sworn In 
Monday, March 18, 1912
Left Office 
Sunday, December 31, 1922
Reason For Leaving 
Length of Service 
10 years, 9 months, 13 days
New Jersey
Mahlon Pitney
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A classmate of Woodrow Wilson at Princeton, Mahlon Pitney served in Republican political office in Congress and in New Jersey. Though he aspired to be governor, he was appointed to the state's highest court ending his electoral ambitions. He served on that court for 20 years, eventually to become its chancellor. He was the last of President William Howard Taft's appointments to the Court. Taft himself was later appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court on which Pitney still served and criticized him as a weak member.

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