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The 12 greatest Justices in
the history of the U.S. Supreme Court

The following is the only evaluation that I have been able to find of the justices, and since it was done in 1971, it obviously does not include any of the justices who have served on the court since then.  I would appreciate any information about other evaluations, recent or not. I have used the www to try to identify the ideological bent of the justices.
        In 1971, law professors Albert Blaustein of Rutgers and Roy Mersky of Texas conducted a survey on Supreme Court justices, which Life magazine published. The justices were ranked according to degree of excellence, ranging from "great" down to "failure." Blaustein and Mersky polled 65 academic experts, including lawyers, law school deans, judges, and legal scholars. The 12 judges who were considered "great" are listed in chronological order, beginning with Marshall, the only unanimous choice on the list.

  1. John Marshall (1755-1835) served as chief : 1801-1835 (= unidentifiable)
  2. Joseph Story (1779-1845) served as associate : 1811-1845, (= unidentifiable)
  3. Roger B. Taney (1777-1864) served as chief : 1836-1864 (= a Conservative)
  4. John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911) served as associate : 1877-1911 (= a Conservative)
  5. Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) served as associate : 1902-1932 (= unidentifiable)
  6. Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) served as associate : 1916-1939 (= a Liberal)
  7. Earl Warren (1891-1974) served as chief : 1953-1969, as chief (= a Liberal)
  8. Hugo Black (1886-1971) served as associate : 1937-1971 (= a Liberal)
  9. Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) served as associate : 1939-1962 (= unidentifiable)
  10. Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870-1938) served as associate : 1932-1938 (= a Liberal)
  11. Harlan F. Stone (1872-1946) served as associate : 1925-1941 /
          then served as chief : 1941-1946, as chief (= a Liberal)
  12. Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948) served as associate : 1910-1916 /
        served as chief : 1930-1941 (= unidentifiable)

Bottom line :  five of the greats were Liberal   /   vs. only two who were Conservative, and that includes the infamous Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who declared that African-Americans could never be considered the equal of white American citizens.

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