James Clark McReynolds

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James Clark McReynolds
Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   Woodrow Wilson
Active:   8/29/1914-1/31/1941
Senior:   1/31/1941-8/24/1946
Preceded by:   Horace Harmon Lurton
Succeeded by:   James Byrnes
Personal History
Born:   February 3, 1862
Hometown:   Elkton, KY
Deceased:   August 24, 1946
Undergraduate:   Vanderbilt University, 1882
Law School:   University of Virginia Law, 1884

James Clark McReynolds (1862-1946) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1914 after a nomination from President Woodrow Wilson. He assumed senior status on January 31, 1941, and served until his death on August 24, 1946. Prior to joining the court, McReynolds was the Attorney General of the United States.[1]

McReynolds was one of three justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Wilson. He served during The White Court, The Taft Court and The Hughes Court.[2]


McReynolds received an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1882 and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1884.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

McReynolds was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Woodrow Wilson on August 19, 1914, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Horace Harmon Lurton. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 29th, and received commission that same day. On January 31, 1941, he assumed senior status and he served until his death on August 24, 1946.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice James Byrnes.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Horace Harmon Lurton
Supreme Court
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
James Byrnes