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Joseph McKenna

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Joseph McKenna
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Appointed by:   William McKinley
Active:   1/21/1897-1/5/1925
Preceded by:   Stephen Johnson Field
Succeeded by:   Harlan Fiske Stone
Past post:   Judge, Ninth Circuit
Past term:   3/17/1892-3/5/1897
Personal History
Born:   August 10, 1843
Hometown:   Pennsylvania
Deceased:   November 21, 1926
Law School:   Read law

Joseph McKenna (1843-1926) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President William McKinley on December 16, 1897. McKenna retired on January 5, 1925.[1]

McKenna was the only justice nominated to the Supreme Court by President McKinley. He served during The Fuller Court, The White Court and The Taft Court.[2]


McKenna received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1897: United States Attorney General
  • 1885-1892: United States Representative from California
  • 1875-1876: California state assemblyman
  • 1870-1875: Attorney in private practice, Suisun, California
  • 1866-1870: District Attorney, Solano County, California
  • 1865-1866: Attorney in private practice, Fairfield, California[1]

Federal judicial career

Supreme Court

McKenna was nominated by President William McKinley on December 16, 1897, to a seat nominated by President Stephen Johnson Field. McKenna was confirmed by the Senate on January 21, 1898, and received commission that same day. He retired from the court on January 5, 1925.[1]

Ninth Circuit

McKenna was nominated to the Ninth Circuit by President Benjamin Harrison on February 11, 1892. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 17, 1892, and received commission that same day. He resigned on March 5, 1897.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Lorenzo Sawyer
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
William Morrow
Preceded by:
Stephen Johnson Field
Supreme Court
Succeeded by:
Harlan Fiske Stone