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It can be a humbling experience when we realize we don’t know as much about a particular topic as we believe we did. For example, if you were to ask me to take a quiz about the genre of reality TV programs, I believe that I would do considerably well. I mean, I started watching reality TV back in the days of MTV’s Real World, and probably watch it nearly every night (for entertainment purposes only of course), but I am not sure if my results will reflect the same should I take a quiz on the topic.
Although reality TV is a pretty lame topic, the Supreme Court of the United States is a topic that should resonate well with all professionals in the legal industry. So, how well do you know the Supreme Court of the United States? If you feel confident enough, try taking this SCOTUS quiz and see if you really are a connoisseur of SCOTUS.
These FAQ’s were taken from the SCOTUS website, and were randomly selected from the comprehensive list. Take a look at the questions below to test your knowledge of both past and present SCOTUS justices.
1. True or False: The average length of a Justice’s tenure is 16 years.
2. True or False: Chief Justice John Marshall was the longest serving Chief Justice?
3. True or False: Chief Justice John Jay was the youngest Chief Justice appointed?
4. True or False: Associate Justice John Rutledge served the shortest Term?
5. True or False: Horace Lurton was the oldest Associate Justice appointed?
6. True or False: Supreme Court Justice was Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was the oldest person to serve on the Supreme Court?
7. Yes or No: Has anyone ever served as both President and Chief Justice?
8. True or False: Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall was the first African American Supreme Court Justice?
9. Yes or No: Have any Supreme Court Justices had the same name?
~~~ Answers to the above list of questions ~~~
1. True: The average number of years that Justices have served is 16 years.
2. True: The longest serving Chief Justice was Chief Justice John Marshall who served for 34 years, 5 months and 11 days from 1801 to 1835.
3. True: Who was the youngest Chief Justice John Jay (1789-1795) was the youngest Chief Justice who took his oath of office when he was 44-years old.
4. True: John Rutledge served the shortest tenure as an Associate Justice at one year and 18 days, from 1790 to 1791. The next shortest tenure was that of James F. Byrnes who served 1 year, 2 months, and 25 days from 1941 to 1942. For many years, Justice Thomas Johnson was thought to have been the shortest serving Justice but under a temporary recess appointment he served a total of 1 year, 3 months and 28 days.
5. True: Horace Lurton (1910-1914) was the oldest Associate Justice appointed who was 65-years old when he took his oath of office.
6. True: The oldest person to serve as a Supreme Court Justice was Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., (1902-1932) who was 90 when he retired from the Court.
7. Yes: In fact, William Howard Taft is the only person to have served as both President of the United States (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930).
8. True: Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall (1967-1991) was the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
9. Yes: Two Associate Justices were named John Marshall Harlan. The first served from 1877 to 1911. The second, his grandson, served from 1955 to 1971.
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