Chief Justice of the United States

The Chief Justice of the United States is the senior judge of the Supreme Court of the United States.

They have no more powers than any of the other judges of the Supreme Court, who are called Associate Justices. The Chief Justice is responsible for organizing the Court's schedules and administration.

By tradition, the Chief Justice administers the oath of office to the President of the United States. The only time this has not happened is when Calvin Coolidge became president.

List of Chief Justices

§ Recess appointment, later rejected by the Senate on December 15, 1795
¤ Previously served as an Associate Justice, but at a time disconnected to service as Chief Justice
° Elevated from Associate Justice
Also served as U.S. President
Died in office
No. Chief Justice Image Term of Office Nominated by President
1 John Jay 80px October 19, 1789–June 29, 1795 George Washington
2 John Rutledge §, ¤ 80px July 1, 1795–December 28, 1795
3 Oliver Ellsworth 80px March 8, 1796–December 15, 1800
4 John Marshall 80px February 4, 1801–July 6, 1835† John Adams (F)
5 Roger Brooke Taney 80px March 28, 1836–October 12, 1864† Andrew Jackson (D)
6 Salmon Portland Chase 80px December 15, 1864–May 7, 1873† Abraham Lincoln (R)
7 Morrison Remick Waite 80px March 4, 1874–March 23, 1888† Ulysses S. Grant (R)
8 Melville Weston Fuller 80px October 8, 1888–July 4, 1910† Grover Cleveland (D)
9 Edward Douglass White ° 80px December 19, 1910–May 19, 1921† William Howard Taft (R)
10 William Howard Taft 80px July 11, 1921–February 3, 1930 Warren G. Harding (R)
11 Charles Evans Hughes ¤ 80px February 24, 1930–June 30, 1941 Herbert Hoover (R)
12 Harlan Fiske Stone ° 80px July 3, 1941–April 22, 1946† Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
13 Frederick Moore Vinson 80px June 24, 1946–September 8, 1953† Harry S. Truman (D)
14 Earl Warren 80px October 5, 1953–June 23, 1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
15 Warren Earl Burger 80px June 23, 1969–September 26, 1986 Richard Nixon (R)
16 William Hubbs Rehnquist ° 80px September 26, 1986–September 3, 2005† Ronald Reagan (R)
17 John Glover Roberts, Jr. 80px September 29, 2005–present George W. Bush (R)