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chief justices
Name:  
Years Served:

S. Clinton Hastings
January 1850–January 1852
Henry A. Lyons
January 1852–March 1852
Hugh C. Murray
March 1852–September 1857
David S. Terry
October 1857–September 1859
Stephen J. Field
September 1859–May 1863
W.W. Cope
May 1863–January 1864
Silas W. Sanderson
January 1864–January 1866
John Currey
January 1866–January 1868
Lorenzo Sawyer
January 1868–January 1870
Augustus L. Rhodes
January 1870–January 1872
Royal T. Sprague
January 1872–February 1872
William T. Wallace
February 1872–November 1879
Robert F. Morrison
November 1879–March 1887
Niles Searls
April 1887–January 1889
January 1889–August 1914
Matt I. Sullivan
August 1914–January 1915
January 1915–November 1921
November 1921–January 1923
Curtis D. Wilbur
January 1923–March 1924
March 1924–January 1926
January 1926–June 1940
June 1940–August 1964
September 1964–February 1970
Donald R. Wright
April 1970–February 1977
March 1977–January 1987
February 1987–April 1996
May 1996–January 2011
 
January 2011-Present


justices
Name:
 
Years Served:

S. Clinton Hastings
January 1850–January 1852*
Henry A. Lyons
December 1849–March 1852*
Nathaniel Bennett
December 1849–October 1851
Hugh C. Murray
October 1851–September 1857*
Solomon Heydenfeldt
January 1852–January 1857
Alexander Anderson
April 1852–January 1853
Alexander Wells
January 1853–October 1854
Charles H. Bryan
November 1854–November 1855
David S. Terry
November 1855–September 1859*
Peter H. Burnett
January 1857–October 1858
Stephen J. Field
October 1857–May 1863*
Joseph G. Baldwin
October 1858–January 1862
W.W. Cope
September 1859–January 1864*
Edward Norton
November 1861–January 1864
E. B. Crocker
May 1863–January 1864
Silas W. Sanderson
January 1864–January 1870*
John Currey
January 1864–January 1868*
Lorenzo Sawyer
January 1864–January 1870*
Augustus L. Rhodes
January 1864–January 1872*
Oscar L. Shafter
January 1864–December 1867
Royal T. Sprague
January 1868–February 1872*
Joseph B. Crockett
December 1867–January 1880
William T. Wallace
December 1869–November 1879*
Jackson Temple
January 1870–January 1872
December 1886–June 1889
January 1895–December 1902
Addison C. Niles
January 1872–January 1880
Isaac S. Belcher
March 1872–January 1874
E.W.McKinstry
January 1874–October 1888
Robert F. Morrison
November 1879 - March 1887 *
Erskine M. Ross
January 1880–October 1886
John R. Sharpstein
January 1880–December 1892
Samuel Bell McKee
January 1880–December 1887
Milton H. Myrick
January 1880–January 1887
James D. Thornton
January 1880–January 1891
A.Van R. Paterson
January 1887–April 1894
January 1887–September 1908
Niles Searls
April 1887–January 1889*
October 1888–January 1891
January 1889–August 1914*
June 1889–January 1891
John J. De Haven
January 1891–January 1895
Charles H. Garoutte
January 1891–January 1903
January 1891–January 1903
William F. Fitzgerald
January 1893–January 1895
W. C. Van Fleet
April 1894–January 1899
Frederick W. Henshaw
January 1895–January 1918
January 1899–December 1905
January 1903–November 1921*
January 1903–January 1923*
January 1903–January 1919
February 1906–February 1919
September 1908–April 1920
Matt I. Sullivan
August 1914–January 1915*
January 1915–July 1926
Curtis D. Wilbur
January 1918–March 1924*
January 1919–August 1926
March 1919–July 1921
May 1920–December 1922
July 1921–December 1922
November 1921–June 1940*
Terry W. Ward
December 1922–January 1923
Frank H. Kerrigan
January 1923–February 1924
January 1923–July 1939
January 1923–January 1926*
February 1924–June 1932
April 1924–August 1959
January 1926–January 1945
October 1926–December 1926
November 1926–January 1927
December 1926–October 1935
January 1927–August 1939
December 1932–August 1937
October 1935–November 1936
November 1936–December 1955
September 1937–October 1942
Jesse W. Carter
September 1939–March 1959
September 1939–August 1964*
August 1940–February 1970*
December 1942–September 1964
Homer R. Spence
January 1945–June 1960
January 1956–May 1977
March 1959–January 1973
August 1959–October 1962
June 1960–June 1962
July 1962–January 1982
December 1962–December 1966
September 1964–June 2001
Louis H. Burke
November 1964–November 1974
December 1966–January 1977
Donald R. Wright
April 1970–February 1977*
William P. Clark, Jr.
March 1973–March 1981
December 1974–December 1983
March 1977–January 1981
March 1977–January 1987*
July 1977–December 1982
July 1981–October 1985
July 1981–August 1991
Cruz Reynoso
February 1982–January 1987
Joseph R. Grodin
December 1982–January 1987
April 1984–April 1996*
December 1985–January 1994
March 1987–March 1989
March 1987–January 1991
March 1987–January 1990
April 1989–Present
March 1990–February 1996
January 1991–Present
September 1991–Present*
June 1994–Present
March 1996–Present
May 1996–June 2005
October 2001–February 2011
January 2006 –Present
 
January 2011 –Present*
 
August 2011 –Present


* Also served as Chief Justice of California. See Chief Justices of California listing for length of service as Chief Justice.


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