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California: State Supreme Court


Justices of the California State Supreme Court, 1849-2001 (May be incomplete!)
Nathaniel Bennett 1849-51 S. Clinton Hastings 1849-51 Henry A. Lyons 1849-52 Hugh C. Murray 1851-57 Solomon Heydenfeldt 1852-57 Alexander Anderson 1852-53 Alexander Wells 1853-54 Charles H. Bryan 1854-55 David S. Terry 1855-59 Peter H. Burnett 1857-58 Stephen J. Field 1857-63 Joseph G. Baldwin 1858-61 Warner W. Cope 1859-63 Edward Norton 1862-63 Edwin B. Crocker 1863 John Currey 1864- Augustus L. Rhodes 1864- Lorenzo Sawyer 1864-69 Oscar L. Shafter 1864-67 Joseph B. Crockett 1867-80 John R. Sharpstein 1880-92 Erskine Mayo Ross 1880-86 Jackson Temple 1886-89 John D. Works 1888-91 Thomas B. McFarland as of 1889-95 Van R. Paterson 1889-94 James D. Thornton 1889-91 Charles N. Fox 1889-90 John J. DeHaven 1890-95 C. H. Garoutte 1891-95 Ralph C. Harrison 1891-1903 William F. Fitzgerald 1893-95 William C. Van Fleet 1894-95 F. W. Henshaw 1895 Jackson Temple 1895-1902 Frank M. Angellotti as of 1903-15 Lucien Shaw as of 1903-23 M. C. Sloss 1906-19 Warren Olney, Jr. as of 1919-21 Curtis Dwight Wilbur as of 1919-24 Louis Westcott Myers as of 1923-26 Jesse W. Curtis as of 1926-31 Frank G. Finlayson 1926 John E. Richards as of 1926-31 Emmett Seawell as of 1926-31 John W. Shenk as of 1926-31 Jermia F. Sullivan 1926-27 John W. Preston, Sr. 1926-35 William H. Langdon 1927-39 Nathaniel P. Conrey 1935-36 Jesse W. Carter 1939 Roger J. Traynor 1940-63 Marshall Francis McComb as of 1956-77 Maurice T. Dooling, Jr. as of 1960-62 Mathew O. Tobriner 1962-82 Stanley Mosk 1964-2001 Raymond L. Sullivan as of 1966-75 William P. Clark as of 1973-81 Frank K. Richardson as of 1974-83 Frank C. Newman 1977-82 Malcolm M. Lucas as of 1984-87

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1854 Oct 31: Alexander Wells, died in office.
  • 1857 Sep 18: Hugh C. Murray, died in office.
  • 1879: John R. Sharpstein (Dem), elected.
  • 1882: John R. Sharpstein (Dem), elected.
  • 1892 Dec 27: John R. Sharpstein, died in office.
  • 1894 May 7: William C. Van Fleet, appointed.
  • 1902 Nov 4: Frank M. Angellotti (Rep), elected; Lucien Shaw (Rep), elected.
  • 1902 Dec 25: Jackson Temple, died in office.
  • 1936 Nov 2: Nathaniel P. Conrey, died in office.
  • 1939 Aug 10: William H. Langdon, died in office.
  • 1939 Sep 12: Jesse W. Carter, appointed.
  • 1964: Stanley Mosk, appointed.
  • 2001 Jun 19: Stanley Mosk, died in office.
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