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Pennsylvania: State Supreme Court

Justices of the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, 1767-2002 (May be incomplete!)
Thomas Willing as of 1767 George Bryan 1780-91 William Bradford as of 1791-94 Edward Shippen 1791 Thomas Smith 1794-1809 John B. Gibson as of 1816-27 John Tod 1827 John Ross 1830-34 Thomas Burnside 1845-51 George Chambers as of 1851 John B. Gibson as of 1851-53 Walter H. Lowrie as of 1851-57 George Washington Woodward as of 1852-67 James Armstrong as of 1857 William Strong 1857-68 James Thompson 1857 Gaylord Church as of 1858 John M. Read as of 1858-72 Daniel Agnew as of 1863-79 George Sharswood 1868-82 Silas M. Clark 1889-91 Henry Green as of 1889-99 J. Brewster McCollum 1889-1900 James T. Mitchell as of 1889-1903 James P. Sterrett 1889-93 Henry W. Williams as of 1889-96 Christopher Heydrick 1891-92 John Dean 1893-96 Samuel G. Thompson 1893-94 D. Newlin Fell 1894-1910 J. Hay Brown as of 1899-1921 Robert S. Frazer 1915-36 Emory A. Walling 1917-32 John W. Kephart 1919-40 Alexander Simpson, Jr. 1919-35 William I. Schaffer 1921-43 Robert von Moschzisker 1921-30 Sylvester Baker Sadler 1921-31 George W. Maxey 1930-50 James B. Drew 1931-52 William B. Linn 1932-43 H. Edgar Barnes 1935-40 Horace Stern 1936-56 Marion D. Patterson 1940-43 William M. Parker 1940-43 Allen M. Stearne 1943 Charles A. Jones as of 1945-61 John C. Bell, Jr. as of 1950-72 Thomas McKeen Chidsey 1950-58 Michael A. Musmanno as of 1951 Herbert B. Cohen 1957-70 Benjamin R. Jones 1957- Michael J. Eagen 1960- Robert N. C. Nix, Jr. 1971-96 William D. Hutchinson as of 1982-87 John A. Maher 1996 Ron Castille as of 2002

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1791 Jan 27: George Bryan, died in office.
  • 1809 Mar 31: Thomas Smith, died in office.
  • 1851 Mar 25: Thomas Burnside, died in office.
  • 1857: Joseph J. Lewis (Rep), defeated.
  • 1868: William Strong, resigned.
  • 1891 Nov 21: Silas M. Clark, died in office.
  • 1893 Mar 3: Samuel G. Thompson, appointed.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Emory A. Walling, elected; Charles Palmer, defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: John W. Kephart, elected; Alexander Simpson, Jr., elected; Charles B. Lenahan, defeated; Edward J. Fox, defeated; Edwin M. Abbott, defeated; Joseph W. Bouton, defeated; Joseph J. Kintner, defeated; Henry Budd, defeated; Augustus V. Dively, defeated.
  • 1921: Eugene C. Bonniwell (Dem), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: George W. Maxey (Rep), elected; Henry C. Niles (Dem), defeated; John W. Slayton (Socialist), defeated; Charlotte F. Jones (Communist), defeated; Charles Palmer (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 24: Robert von Moschzisker, resigned; George W. Maxey, appointed.
  • 1931 Mar 1: Sylvester Baker Sadler, died in office.
  • 1931 Sep 28: James B. Drew, appointed.
  • 1932 Apr 26: Edward C. Higbee (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 1932 Apr 26: William B. Linn (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 1932 Apr 26: Charles Palmer (Prohibition), nominated unopposed.
  • 1932 Apr 26: John W. Slayton (Socialist), nominated unopposed.
  • 1932 Nov 8: William B. Linn (Rep & Liberal), elected; Edward C. Higbee (Dem), defeated; John W. Slayton (Socialist), defeated; Charles Palmer (Prohibition), defeated; Charlotte F. Jones (Communist), defeated.
  • 1935 Jul 24: Alexander Simpson, Jr., died in office.
  • 1935 Aug 12: H. Edgar Barnes, appointed.
  • 1940 Oct 6: H. Edgar Barnes, died in office.
  • 1940 Dec 11: William M. Parker, appointed.
  • 1956 Apr 24: Herbert B. Cohen (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 1956 Apr 24: Benjamin R. Jones (Rep), nominated; Henry X. O'Brien (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Benjamin R. Jones (Rep), elected; Herbert B. Cohen (Dem), elected.
  • 1958 Apr 19: Thomas McKeen Chidsey, died in office.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Curtis Bok (Dem), elected; Robert E. Woodside (Rep), defeated.
  • 1962 Nov 6: Samuel J. Roberts (Rep), elected; Earl S. Keim (Dem), defeated.
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