This Day in History — Earl Warren Confirmed as Supreme Court Chief Justice

earlwarren.jpgOn October 5, 1953, former California Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States after being nominated by President Dwight Eisenhower and confirmed by the US Senate.

Justice Warren’s tenure was particularly significant for steering the Court progressively on social issues and making landmark decisions on civil rights cases. Some of his most notable decisions include ending legal racial segregation in Brown versus Board of Education (1954), granting Mexican-Americans the right to serve on juries in Hernandez versus Texas (1954), and requiring arresting officers to explain the rights of accused against self-incrimination in Miranda versus Arizona (1966).

In 1966, he headed the Warren Commission to investigate the events that lead to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


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