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Smith Thompson

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Smith Thompson
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   James Monroe
Active:   12/9/1823-12/18/1843
Preceded by:   Henry Brockholst Livingston
Succeeded by:   Samuel Nelson
Past post:   Supreme Court of New York
Past chief:   1814-1818
Past term:   1814-1818
Personal History
Born:   January 17, 1768
Hometown:   Amenia, NY
Deceased:   December 18, 1843
Undergraduate:   College of New Jersey, 1788
Law School:   Read law, 1792

Smith Thompson (1768-1843) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1823 after a nomination from President James Monroe. He served until his death on December 18, 1843. Prior to joining the court, Thompson was the United States Secretary of the Navy.[1]

Thompson was the only justice nominated to the Supreme Court by President Monroe. He served during The Marshall Court and The Taney Court.[2]


Thompson received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey in 1788. He received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1818-1823: United States Secretary of the Navy
  • 1814-1818: Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New York
  • 1802-1814: Associate justice, Supreme Court of New York
  • 1801: Representative, New York Constitutional Convention
  • 1800: Member, New York State Legislature
  • 1793-1802: Attorney in private practice, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • 1792-1793: Attorney in private practice, Troy, New Yorkref name=bio/>

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Thompson was nominated by President James Monroe on December 5, 1823. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 9, 1823, and received commission that same day. He served until his death on December 18, 1843.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Samuel Nelson.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Henry Brockholst Livingston
Supreme Court
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Samuel Nelson