1954 March 1

Earl Warren Finally Confirmed as Chief Justice


Because former Chief Justice Fred Vinson died suddenly in the fall of 1953, Earl Warren was given an interim appointment as Chief Justice on October 2, 1953. The Senate did not confirm him, however, until this day. Two-and-a-half months later, on May 17, 1954, Warren wrote the Court’s unanimous opinion in the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision; most scholars credit Warren with being responsible for persuading the other Justices of the importance of a unanimous 9–0 decision. Warren went on to become one of the great chief justices in the history of the Court. His name (the “Warren Court”) is synonymous with the great advances in civil liberties in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Read: Earl Warren, The Memoirs of Earl Warren (1977)

Hear a former law clerk discuss Chief Justice Warren: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lGlUiuSbjQ

Read more: Jim Newton, Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made (2006)

Find a Day

Abortion Rights ACLU african-americans Alice Paul anti-communism Anti-Communist Hysteria Birth Control Brown v. Board of Education Censorship CIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cold War Espionage Act FBI First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment freedom of speech Free Speech Gay Rights Hate Speech homosexuality Hoover, J. Edgar HUAC Japanese American Internment King, Dr. Martin Luther Ku Klux Klan Labor Unions Lesbian and Gay Rights Loyalty Oaths McCarthy, Sen. Joe New York Times Obscenity Police Misconduct Same-Sex Marriage Separation of Church and State Sex Discrimination Smith Act Spying Spying on Americans Vietnam War Voting Rights Voting Rights Act of 1965 War on Terror Watergate White House Women's Rights Women's Suffrage World War I World War II Relocation Camps


Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions!