William Cushing

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William Cushing
Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Associate Justice
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   George Washington
Active:   9/27/1789 - 9/13/1810
Preceded by:   New Seat
Succeeded by:   Joseph Story
Past post:   Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Past chief:   1777-1789
Past term:   1772 - 1789
Personal History
Born:   March 1, 1732
Hometown:   Scituate, MA
Deceased:   September 13, 1810
Undergraduate:   Harvard College, A.B., 1751
Law School:   Read law, 1755

William Cushing was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1789 after a nomination from President George Washington. He served until his death on September 13, 1810. Prior to joining the court, Cushing he was the chief judge for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.[1]

Cushing was one of ten justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Washington. He served during The Jay Court, The Rutledge Court, The Ellsworth Court and The Marshall Court.[2]


Cushing received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1751. He received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1777-1789: Chief judge, Superior Court of Massachusetts (later the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)
  • 1772-1777: Judge, Superior Court of Massachusetts
  • 1760-1772: Justice of the peace, Register of Deeds, and Probate Court Judge, Lincoln County, Massachusetts (now Maine)
  • 1755-1760: Attorney in private practice, Scituate, Massachusetts[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Cushing was nominated by President George Washington on September 24, 1789. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1789, and received commission on September 27, 1789. Cushing served until his death on September 13, 1810.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Joseph Story.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Supreme Court
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Joseph Story