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February 4th, 2017

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Supreme Court: Bushrod Washington

On this date in 1799, George Washington's nephew Bushrod Washington took his seat on the Supreme Court (he was John Adams's first appointment to the Court). Born in Virginia on June 5, 1762, he was the third youngest Supreme Court member ever (aged 36 years 244 days). He died in office in November 1829.
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Supreme Court: Samuel Chase

On this date in 1796, George Washington's ninth appointment to the Supreme Court, Samuel Chase (1741-1811) took his seat. In 1804, Chase became the only Supreme Court Justice to be impeached. He was acquitted in 1805, and remained on the Court until his death on June 19, 1811. He had been one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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Supreme Court: John Marshall

On this date in 1801, third Chief Justice John Marshall took his seat on the Supreme Court. The longest-serving Chief Justice (and fourth longest-serving Justice overall), Marshall's tenure set the legal underpinnings of much of our government, saving the Court from becoming a vestigial organ of the government, making it co-equal with the Executive and Legislative branches. He died in office on July 6, 1835, having been Chief Justice for 34 years, 152 days.
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Vice President Dan Quayle

Happy 70th birthday, former Vice President Dan Quayle.

Born in Indianapolis, he grew up in Arizona and Indiana, graduated from DePauw University in 1969, and was a member of the Indiana Army National Guard from 1969 to 1975. He earned a JD from Indiana University School of Law in 1974. In 1976, he was elected to the US House of Representatives from Indiana's fourth district, and re-elected in 1978. In 1980, he won election to the US Senate, becoming the youngest person from Indiana ever in the Senate. He was re-elected in 1986. In 1988, Vice President, and Republican Presidential nominee George H.W. Bush chose Quayle as his running mate. They won that election, making Quayle the third-youngest Vice President in history (following John C. Breckinridge and Richard Nixon). Bush and Quayle lost the election of 1992 to Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Quayle now lives in Arizona.