March 1st, 2017

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Supreme Court: William Cushing

On this date in 1732, William Cushing was born in Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard in 1751, and was admitted to the bar in 1755. In 1789, he was one of President George Washington's first appointments to the Supreme Court, and he was probably the first-born of all Supreme Court justices (the exact date of fellow Associate Justice John Blair, Jr.'s birth is not known). Following the Senate's rejection of John Rutledge's appointment as the second Chief Justice, Washington appointed Cushing to the post, but he declined the appointment, choosing to remain as an Associate Justice. Cushing was the longest-serving of Washington's appointments to the Court, remaining in office until his death in 1810.