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John McLean

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John McLean
Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #6
Appointed by:   Andrew Jackson
Active:   3/7/1829-4/4/1861
Preceded by:   Robert Trimble
Succeeded by:   Noah Haynes Swayne
Past post:   Supreme Court of Ohio
Past term:   1816-1822
Personal History
Born:   March 11, 1785
Hometown:   Morris County, NJ
Deceased:   April 4, 1861
Law School:   Read law, 1807

John McLean (1785-1861) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1829 after a nomination by President Andrew Jackson. He served the Supreme Court until his death on April 4, 1861. Prior to joining the court, McLean was the United States Postmaster General.[1]

McLean was one of seven justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Jackson, though only six were confirmed. He served during The Marshall Court and The Taney Court.[2]


McLean received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1823-1829: United States Postmaster General
  • 1822-1823: Commissioner, United States Land Office
  • 1816-1822: Judge, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 1813-1816: United States Representative from Ohio
  • 1811-1812: Examiner, United States Congressional Land Office, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1807-1812: Attorney in private practice, Lebanon, Ohio
  • 1807-1812: Founder and editor, The Western Star[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of United States

McLean was nominated by President Andrew Jackson on March 6, 1829, to fill the vacancy left by Justice Robert Trimble. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 1829, and received commission that same day. McLean served until his death on April 4, 1861.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Noah Haynes Swayne.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Robert Trimble
Supreme Court
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
Noah Haynes Swayne