In 1888 President Grover Cleveland nominated Melville W. Fuller to be chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his appointment (41 to 20), and on October 8, 1888, he was sworn in. Notably, it was Chief Justice Fuller who instituted the tradition of the justices shaking one another’s hands before taking the bench, and at the beginning of each private conference (when they discuss cases).
Chief Justice Fuller served on the court for over 21 years– during his tenure the regrettable Plessy v. Ferguson decision was handed down. Learn more about that case at http://goo.gl/xadXc4, and Chief Justice Fuller at http://goo.gl/GeJ9V6.