On This Date in Legal History

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).

The 8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

The 8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

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.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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