In considering the recent Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage I was made to think about its influence on American life. Nearly every right held by any American has, at some point, been tested and passed by the Supreme Court; yet over half of Americans can’t name the current Chief Justice. That’s why I’m taking the month of April to explore the lives of the 108 men and 4 women who have served on the Supreme Court of the United States. The biographies of Chief Justices will be augmented by summaries of the Supreme Court’s major cases for their era.
This series will be broken into 11 parts, each following the succession of one seat on the bench. So join us, won’t you, as we start exploring these legal minds next time, starting at the first Chief Justice: John Jay.