William Strong

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William Strong
Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   Ulysses Grant
Active:   2/18/1870-12/14/1880
Preceded by:   Robert Cooper Grier
Succeeded by:   William Burnham Woods
Past post:   Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Past term:   1857-1868
Personal History
Born:   May 6, 1808
Hometown:   Somers, CT
Deceased:   August 19, 1895
Undergraduate:   Yale, 1828
Law School:   Read law, 1832
Grad. School:   Yale, 1831

William Strong (1808-1895) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1870 after a nomination from President Ulysses Grant. He retired on December 14, 1880. Prior to joining the court, he was a private practice attorney.[1]

Strong was one of eight justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Grant, though only five were confirmed. He served during The Chase Court and The Waite Court.[2]


Strong received an undergraduate degree from Yale College in 1828 and an M.A. from Yale University in 1831. He received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1868-1870: Attorney in private practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1857-1868: Judge, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • 1847-1851: United States Representative from Pennsylvania
  • 1832-1857: Attorney in private practice, Reading, Pennsylvania[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Strong was nominated by President Ulysses Grant on February 7, 1870, to fill the vacancy left by Justice Robert Cooper Grier. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 18, 1870, and received commission that same day. Strong retired on December 14, 1880.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice William Burnham Woods.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Robert Cooper Grier
Supreme Court
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
William Burnham Woods