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Bushrod Washington

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Bushrod Washington
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   John Adams
Active:   12/20/1798 - 11/26/1829
Preceded by:   James Wilson
Succeeded by:   Henry Baldwin
Personal History
Born:   June 5, 1762
Hometown:   Westmoreland County, VA
Deceased:   November 26, 1829
Undergraduate:   College of William and Mary, 1778
Law School:   Read law, 1784
Military service:   Continental Army Private, 1781-1782

Bushrod Washington was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1798 after a nomination from President John Adams. Prior to joining the court, Washington was an attorney in private practice. He served until his death on November 26, 1829.[1]

Washington was one of three justices nominated to the court by President John Adams. He served during Ellsworth and Marshall Courts.


Washington was a nephew of President George Washington.[2]


Washington received an A.B. degree from the College of William and Mary in 1778. He received his legal education reading law in 1784.[1]

Military service

  • Continental Army Private, 1781-1782[1]

Professional career

  • 1790-1798: Attorney in private practice, Virginia
  • 1788: Delegate to the Virginia Constitution to ratify the United States Constitution
  • 1787: Member, Virginia General Assembly
  • 1784-1790: Attorney in private practice, Virginia[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Washington was nominated by President John Adams on December 19, 1798, to a seat vacated by James Wilson. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 20, 1798, and received commission that same day. He served until his death on November 26, 1829.[1] He was succeeded to his post by Justice Henry Baldwin.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Wilson
Supreme Court
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Henry Baldwin