Famous American Judges

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 1 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Famous As: Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 2020

The first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An advocate for gender equality and women's rights, she spent the majority of her legal career championing these causes. She remained professionally active until her death in 2020.

 2 Brett Kavanaugh

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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: February 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Brett Kavanaugh started serving as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US after being nominated by Donald Trump in 2018. Interestingly, Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually abusing her in the 1980s. Three other women also claimed that they were sexually assaulted by Brett, with one woman recanting her accusation later. Brett has denied all the accusations.

 3 Antonin Scalia

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Birthdate: March 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trenton
Died: February 13, 2016

Scalia played an important role as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court for 30 years. Not only was he regarded as one of the most important justices in the history of the court, but he was also considered one of the most influential jurists of the 20th century. He was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 4 Jeanine Pirro

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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

 5 Neil Gorsuch

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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: August 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
The Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch earlier served as the Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was also in private practice. He is an adherent of originalism in constitutional interpretation and textualism in statutory interpretation. His landmark judgements include upholding the LGBTQ rights and favouring the Yakama Nation.

 6 Sonia Sotomayor

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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

Sonia Sotomayor, the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of America, entered the record books when in August 2009 she became the first Hispanic and the fourth woman to be appointed to the court. She’s a strong defendant of the rights of accused and has raised her voice against misdemeanors by the police and the prosecutors, and abuses in prisons.

 7 Joseph R. McCarthy

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Chute, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: May 2, 1957
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 8 Maryanne Trump Barry

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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Attorney Maryanne Trump Barry, eldest sister of American president Donald Trump, is a former U.S. federal judge. She was an assistant U.S. attorney earlier and has been a judge of the U.S. District of New Jersey. Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

 9 Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States

Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney who became the first woman to serve as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US when she took office in 1981. While serving as the associate justice, O’Connor was considered one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

 10 Roy Moore

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 11, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.

 11 Samuel Alito

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Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: April 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States

The current associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US, Samuel Alito is only the second Italian American to serve on the court. Samuel Alito's journey from being an adjunct professor to one of the most powerful men in the American justice system is quite inspirational.

 12 William Rehnquist

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Famous As: Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: October 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: September 3, 2005
William Rehnquist had a 33-year career at the U.S. Supreme Court: as an associate justice for 14 years and as a chief justice for 19 years. He had served under Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He presided over Bill Clinton’s impeachment and was associated with cases such as Roe v. Wade.

 13 Robert Bork

Robert Bork
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: March 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 19, 2012

 14 Marilyn Milian

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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: May 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York

 15 Byron White

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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: June 8, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Died: April 15, 2002

Byron White was an American lawyer and football player. He served as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court from 1962 to 1993. Before beginning his legal career, White was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Football League. He also played a crucial role during World War II, serving as an intelligence officer in the US Navy.

 16 Andrew Napolitano

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Famous As: Radio personality, Judge, Television presenter, Lawyer, Author, University teacher, Writer
Birthdate: June 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark

 17 Roger B. Taney

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Famous As: Former Chief Justice of the United States
Birthdate: March 17, 1777
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calvert County, Maryland, United States
Died: October 12, 1864

 18 Roy Bean

Roy Bean
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Famous As: Justice of the Peace & Saloonkeeper
Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Mason County
Died: March 16, 1903

 19 Lynn Toler

Lynn Toler
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: October 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

 20 Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 19, 1721
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newton
Died: July 23, 1793

 21 Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Kenesaw Mountain Landis
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: November 20, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Millville, Ohio, United States
Died: November 25, 1944

 22 Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee
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Famous As: Politician, Judge
Birthdate: January 20, 1732
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stratford Hall
Died: June 19, 1794

 23 Potter Stewart

Potter Stewart
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: January 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jackson
Died: December 7, 1985

 24 Mablean Ephriam

Mablean Ephriam
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: April 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst

 25 Judith Sheindlin

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Famous As: Judge, Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

 26 John Marshall Harlan II

John Marshall Harlan II
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: December 29, 1971

 27 Oliver Ellsworth

Oliver Ellsworth
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: April 29, 1745
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Died: November 26, 1807

 28 Bushrod Washington

Bushrod Washington
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 5, 1762
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westmoreland County
Died: November 26, 1829

 29 William H. Crawford

William H. Crawford
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1772
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amherst County, Virginia, United States
Died: September 15, 1834

 30 John Sullivan

John Sullivan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 17, 1740
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Somersworth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: January 23, 1795

 31 Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson
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Famous As: Governor
Birthdate: November 4, 1732
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Leonard, Maryland, United States
Died: October 26, 1819

 32 William Hull

William Hull
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Famous As: United States General
Birthdate: June 24, 1753
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Derby, Connecticut, United States
Died: November 29, 1825

 33 Stephen Johnson Field

Stephen Johnson Field
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: November 4, 1816
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haddam, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 9, 1899

 34 John McLean

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Famous As: Jurist and politician
Birthdate: March 11, 1785
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morris County, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 4, 1861

 35 Mahlon Pitney

Mahlon Pitney
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of U.S Supreme Court
Birthdate: February 5, 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 9, 1924

 36 Richard Stockton

Richard Stockton
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 1, 1730
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 28, 1781

 37 Benjamin Robbins Curtis

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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: November 4, 1809
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 15, 1874

 38 Willis Van Devanter

Willis Van Devanter
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: April 17, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States
Died: February 8, 1941

 39 Henry Billings Brown

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Famous As: lawyer, judge
Birthdate: March 2, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 2, 1913

 40 William L. Marcy

William L. Marcy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 12, 1786
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Southbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 4, 1857

 41 John Forrest Dillon

John Forrest Dillon
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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: December 25, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Northampton
Died: May 6, 1914

 42 Harold Hitz Burton

Harold Hitz Burton
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 28, 1964

 43 Elbert Henry Gary

Elbert Henry Gary
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 8, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wheaton, Illinois, United States
Died: August 15, 1927

 44 George Read

George Read
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: September 18, 1733
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cecil County, Maryland, United States
Died: September 21, 1798

 45 Edward Livingston

Edward Livingston
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 28, 1764
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clermont, New York, United States
Died: May 23, 1836

 46 William Cushing

William Cushing
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: March 1, 1732
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scituate, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 13, 1810

 47 Samuel Freeman Miller

Samuel Freeman Miller
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: April 5, 1816
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 13, 1890

 48 Reverdy Johnson

Reverdy Johnson
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Famous As: Attorney General
Birthdate: May 21, 1796
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Died: February 10, 1876

 49 John Laurance

John Laurance
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 2, 1750
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 11, 1810

 50 Joseph P. Bradley

Joseph P. Bradley
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: March 14, 1813
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berne, New York, United States
Died: January 22, 1892