Has there ever been nominated a justice for the U. S. supreme court outside of the u. s. government?

Most of the U.S. Supreme court justices seem to come from within the U.S. Government, have been any outsides elected to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • igu
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    10 years ago
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    From what I can tell almost all of the justices have held federal positions as federal district/appellate judges, solicitor's office, attorney general's office, justice department, etc. before being nominated to the US Supreme Court.

    Two notable exceptions appear to be William Joseph Brennan, Jr. who was nominated to the US Supreme Court from a state position in the New Jersey Supreme Court, and Earl Warren who had been governor in California and a failed US VP candidate, but didn't appear to hold a federal position prior to appointment. I'm sure there are others, but with 111 different justices, it's difficult to review all of them.

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