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George Washington nominated fourteen justices and appointed eleven, but he had an edge over the other Presidents because he was in office when the Court was created and got to nominate the first seven justices (one declined after being confirmed) in the same year. John Rutledge was seated twice (one as Associate Justice, once as Chief Justice)

George Washington's appointments

  1. John Jay.....................1789-1795 (Chief Justice)
  2. John Rutledge.............1789-1791
  3. William Cushing...........1789-1810
  4. James Wilson..............1789-1798
  5. John Blair...................1789-1795
  6. James Iredell..............1790-1799
  7. Thomas Johnson..........1791-1793
  8. William Paterson..........1793-1806
  9. John Rutledge.............1795-1795 (Chief Justice)
  10. Samuel Chase.............1796-1811
  11. Oliver Ellsworth...........1796-1800 (Chief Justice)
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A number of U.S. Presidents accomplished that feat.

Most recently, Ronald Reagan made four nominations, but they involved only three justices because one nomination was to elevate Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist to Chief Justice. Regan's nominees:

  1. Sandra Day O'Connor (1981)
  2. Antonin Scalia (1986)
  3. Anthony M. Kennedy (1988)
  4. William H. Rehnquist (elevation to Chief Justice) (1986)

Prior to Reagan, Richard M. Nixon was the last President to make four original nominations:

  1. Warren E. Burger (1969)
  2. Harry Blackmun (1970)
  3. Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (1972)
  4. William H. Rehnquist (1972)

Harry S. Truman also nominated four Justices:

  1. Harold Hitz Burton (1945)
  2. Frederick M. Vinson (1946)
  3. Tom Campbell Clark (1949)
  4. Sherman Minton (1949)

Warren G. Harding also nominated four Justices:

  1. William Howard Taft (former President) (1921)
  2. George Sutherland (1922)
  3. Pierce Butler (1923)
  4. Edward Terry Sanford (1923)

Benjamin Harrison nominated four Justices:

  1. David Josiah Brewer (1890)
  2. Henry Billings Brown (1891)
  3. George Shiras, Jr. (1892)
  4. Howell Edmunds Jackson (1893)

Grover Cleveland, who served as the 22nd and 24th President (before and after Benjamin Harrison), nominated four over both terms (two each term):

  1. Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1888)
  2. Melville Weston Fuller (1888)
  3. Edward Douglas White (1896)
  4. Rufus Wheeler Peckham (1898)

Ulysses S. Grant was the first to nominate four Justices (technically, he nominated five, but one, Edwin Stanton, died before taking office):

  1. William Strong (1870)
  2. Joseph P. Bradley (1870)
  3. Ward Hunt (1873)
  4. Morrison Remick Waite (1874)

George Washington holds the record for most Supreme Court nominations, at eleven.

Franklin D. Roosevelt had the second most nominations, at eight; however, he had an advantage over most Presidents because he was elected to four terms of office (before Congress enacted presidential term limitations).

Andrew Jackson nominated six justices; Abraham Lincoln, William Howard Taft, and Dwight D. Eisenhower each nominated five Justices.

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None. Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush each appointed two of the justices sitting on the US Supreme Court for the 2009-2010 Term. Presidents Ford, George HW Bush, and Obama have appointed one justice each.

Chief Justice

John G. Roberts, Jr..............GWBush...............2005

Associate Justices by Year

John Paul Stevens................Ford....................1975

Antonin Scalia.....................Reagan................1986

Anthony Kennedy.................Reagan................1988

Clarence Thomas.................GHWBush.............1991

Ruth Bader Ginsburg............Clinton.................1993

Stephen Breyer...................Clinton.................1994

Samuel Alito.......................GWBush...............2006

Sonia Sotomayor.................Obama.................2009

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George Washington was the only President to appoint three Chief Justices to the US Supreme Court:

  1. John Jay................1789 - 1795
  2. John Rutledge........1795 - 1795
  3. Oliver Ellsworth......1796 - 1800
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Andrew Jackson appointed the third-most US Supreme Court justices, at six. Presidents Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed eleven and eight, respectively.

Andrew Jackson's appointments

  1. John McLean.....................................1830-1861
  2. Henry Baldwin...................................1830-1844
  3. James Moore Wayne...........................1835-1867
  4. Roger B. Taney...................................1836-1864 (Chief Justice)
  5. Philip P. Barbour.................................1836-1841
  6. John Catron.......................................1837-1865
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Ulysses S. Grant was the first to nominate four Justices (technically, he nominated five, but one, Edwin Stanton, died before taking office):

  1. William Strong (1870)
  2. Joseph P. Bradley (1870)
  3. Ward Hunt (1873)
  4. Morrison Remick Waite (1874)

George Washington holds the record for most Supreme Court nominations, at eleven.

Franklin D. Roosevelt had the second most nominations, at eight; however, he had an advantage over most Presidents because he was elected to four terms of office (before Congress enacted presidential term limitations).

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President George Washington made fourteen nominations that resulted in seating eleven justices (John Rutledge was seated twice, once as an Associate and once as Chief Justice).

George Washington's appointments

  1. John Jay.......................................1789-1795 (Chief Justice)
  2. John Rutledge...............................1789-1791
  3. William Cushing.............................1789-1810
  4. James Wilson................................1789-1798
  5. John Blair......................................1789-1795
  6. James Iredell.................................1790-1799
  7. Thomas Johnson............................1791-1793
  8. William Paterson............................1793-1806
  9. John Rutledge................................1795-1795 (Chief Justice)
  10. Samuel Chase................................1796-1811
  11. Oliver Ellsworth..............................1796-1800 (Chief Justice)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed eight justices to the US Supreme Court, which is the second highest number of appointments after President Washington, who appointed eleven justices.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's appointments

  1. Hugo Black........................................1937-1971
  2. Stanley Foreman Reed........................1938-1957
  3. Felix Frankfurter.................................1939-1962
  4. William O. Douglas.............................1939-1975
  5. Frank Murphy.....................................1940-1949
  6. James Francis Byrnes..........................1941-1942
  7. Robert Houghtwood Jackson................1941-1954
  8. Wiley Rutledge...................................1943-1949

Roosevelt also elevated Harlan F. Stone to Chief Justice in 1941. Stone died in office in 1946.

Andrew Jackson appointed the third-most justices, at six.

Andrew Jackson's appointments

  1. John McLean.....................................1830-1861
  2. Henry Baldwin...................................1830-1844
  3. James Moore Wayne...........................1835-1867
  4. Roger B. Taney...................................1836-1864 (Chief Justice)
  5. Philip P. Barbour.................................1836-1841
  6. John Catron.......................................1837-1865
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Most recently, Ronald Reagan made four nominations, but they involved only three justices because one nomination was to elevate Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist to Chief Justice. Regan's nominees:

  1. Sandra Day O'Connor (1981)
  2. Antonin Scalia (1986)
  3. Anthony M. Kennedy (1988)
  4. William H. Rehnquist (elevation to Chief Justice) (1986)

Prior to Reagan, Richard M. Nixon was the last President to make four original nominations:

  1. Warren E. Burger (1969)
  2. Harry Blackmun (1970)
  3. Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (1972)
  4. William H. Rehnquist (1972)
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