Today in Legal History: First session of first Supreme Court

The first Supreme Court met on February 1st, 1790. The first appointees were John Jay (Chief Justice), John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson. They met in the Royal Exchange Building in New York. The court would not have real power until John Marshall took over and Marbury v. Madison was decided in 1803.

For more information, check out:

  • CQ Press’s Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, Part I, “Origins and Development of the Court” (KF8742.W567 2004 – Reference Desk – Law Library)
  • History.com
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