Supreme Court Firsts

The presidential firsts related to Supreme Court nominations and confirmations by the President of the United States.

Please visit the Supreme Court Confirmations fact page to learn more about the number of confirmations by president.

 PresidentNote
First president to appoint a justiceGeorge Washington
First president to have been nominated to the Supreme CourtJohn Quincy AdamsNominated by James Madison in 1811, but declined
First president to serve on the Supreme CourtWilliam H. TaftChief Justice
First president to have confirmed a black Supreme Court justiceLyndon B. JohnsonThurgood Marshall
First president to have confirmed a Latin American Supreme Court justiceBarack ObamaSonja Sotomayor
First president to have confirmed a Jewish Supreme Court justiceWoodrow WilsonLouis Brandeis
First president to have confirmed a Catholic Supreme Court justiceAndrew JacksonRoger B. Taney
First president to have confirmed a female Supreme Court justiceRonald ReaganSandra Day O'Connor
First president to have confirmed a foreign-born Supreme Court justiceGeorge WashingtonJames WIlson, Scotland
First president to serve a least one full term and not nominate a Supreme Court justiceJimmy Carter

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