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Mahlon Pitney

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Mahlon Pitney
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Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Appointed by:   William Howard Taft
Active:   2/19/1912-12/31/1922
Preceded by:   John Marshall Harlan
Past post:   Chancellor of the state, New Jersey Courts
Past term:   1908-1912
Personal History
Born:   February 5, 1858
Hometown:   New Jersey
Deceased:   December 9, 1924
Undergraduate:   College of New Jersey, 1789
Law School:   Read law, 1882

Mahlon Pitney (1858-1924) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President William Howard Taft on February 19, 1912. He resigned on December 31, 1922. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Pitney was the Chancellor of the State for the New Jersey Courts.[1]

Pitney was one of four justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Taft. He served during The White Court and The Taft Court.[2]


Pitney received an A.B. degree from the College of New Jersey in 1879. He received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1908-1912: Chancellor of the State, New Jersey Courts
  • 1901-1908: Judge, New Jersey Supreme Court
  • 1898-1901: New Jersey State Senator
  • 1895-1899: U.S. Representative from New Jersey
  • 1889-1894: Attorney in private practice, Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1882-1889: Attorney in private practice, Dover, New Jersey[1]

Federal judicial career

Pitney was nominated by President William Howard Taft on February 19, 1912, to fill the seat vacated by Justice John Marshall Harlan. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 13, 1912, and received commission that same day. He resigned on December 31, 1922.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Harlan I
Supreme Court
Succeeded by:
Edward Terry Sanford