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Pierce Butler

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Pierce Butler
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Appointed by:   Warren Harding
Active:   12/21/1922-11/16/1939
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1897-1922
Personal History
Born:   March 17, 1866
Hometown:   Minnesota
Deceased:   November 16, 1939
Undergraduate:   Carleton College, 1887
Law School:   Read law, 1888

Pierce Butler (1866-1939) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President Warren Harding on December 5, 1922. He served until his death on November 16, 1939. Prior to joining the court, Butler was an attorney in private practice.[1]

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


Butler attended Carleton College for his undergraduate degree and studied law by reading law.[1]

Professional career

Federal judicial career

Butler was originally nominated to the Supreme Court by President Warren Harding on November 23, 1922, though the Senate took no action on the nomination.

Butler was then nominated on December 5, 1922, to succeed Justice William Rufus Day. He was confirmed by the Senate less than one month later, on December 21, 1922, and received commission that same day. Butler served until his death on November 16, 1939.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William Rufus Day
Supreme Court
Succeeded by:
Frank Murphy