Senate Rejects Nomination Of Rutledge As Chief Justice

1795

President George Washington nominates John Rutledge to be chief justice of the United States. Rutledge, who served as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, had resigned to become chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. Because Rutledge publicly denounced the Jay Treaty, which the Senate had approved, outraged senators vote 14-10 against his nomination, making him the first chief justice nominee to be rejected.