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Samuel Chase

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Samuel Chase
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   George Washington
Active:   1/27/1796-6/19/1811
Preceded by:   John Blair
Succeeded by:   Gabriel Duvall
Past post:   Maryland General Court
Past chief:   1791-1796
Past term:   1791-1796
Past post 2:   Baltimore County MD Criminal Court
Past chief 2:   1788-1796
Personal History
Born:   April 17, 1741
Hometown:   Somerset County, MD
Deceased:   June 19, 1811
Law School:   Read law, 1763

Samuel Chase was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1796 after a nomination from President George Washington. He served until his death on June 19, 1811. Prior to joining the court, Chase served as Chief Judge for the Maryland General Court.[1]

Chase was the only Supreme Court justice impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He was impeached for arbitrary and oppressive conduct of trials in 1804. Chase was acquitted by the United States Senate.[2]

Chase was one of ten justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Washington. He served during The Rutledge Court, The Ellsworth Court and The Marshall Court.[3]


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

Professional career

  • 1791-1796: Chief judge, Maryland General Court
  • 1788-1796: Judge, Baltimore County
  • 1785: Delegate, Continental Congress
  • 1784: Delegate, Continental Congress
  • 1774-1778: Delegate, Continental Congress
  • 1777-1778: Member, Maryland House of Delegates
  • 1764-1776: Member, Maryland Assembly[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Chase was nominated by President George Washington on January 26, 1796, to a seat vacated by Justice John Blair. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 27, 1796, and received commission on September 30, 1789. Chase served until his death on June 19, 1811.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Gabriel Duvall.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Blair
Supreme Court
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Gabriel Duvall
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