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1998 J. Sup. Ct. Hist. 133 (1998)
Hail to the Chief: A Bibliographical Essay on Six Chief Justices of the United States

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                    Hail to the Chief:

     A Bibliographical Essay on Six

Chief Justices of the United States


                               John  B. Taylor


   Although Chief Justices of the United States
tend to downplay the notion that their role is
significantly more important than that of Asso-
ciate Justices, and although their tenures do
not necessarily coincide with periods that are,
on the basis of other criteria., discrete eras in
political or judicial history, observers of the Su-
preme Court nevertheless commonly focus on
Chief Justices and define judicial eras in terms
of them. In many cases, that is fully justified.
The Marshall and Warren Courts surely exem-
plify distinctive approaches to the use of judi-
cial power and  the substance of judicial
policymaking. Both John Marshall and Earl
Warren had a major impact on those develop-
ments, and both left the Court as times were
changing.  William Howard Taft joined the
Court at a time of political transition and heft-
ily embodied reascendant conservatism. He
was succeeded  by Charles Evans Hughes,
whose  performance-whether viewed as
statesmanlike, vacillating, or obfuscatory-re-
flected the doctrinal shifts of his time. Melville


Weston Fuller was not the prime mover on his
Court, but a focus on his tenure encapsulates
the rise of substantive due process at the hands
of colleagues such as Justice Stephen J. Field.
In many respects, Roger Brooke Taney adapted
the work of John Marshall. but his Court be-
came a focal point for the overriding mid-nine-
teenth century constitutional issues of slavery
and the integrity of the Union. Each of these
men was. moreover, personally noteworthy in
his own way, and it would be remarkable if that
were not so. The preceding essays in this vol-
ume thus appropriately focus on these six Chief
Justices and paint skillful portraits of their lives
and work. What remains is to survey some of
the restof the vast literature on them that other
scholars have produced.

             General Works

   Broad works of constitutional history pro-
vide an overview of our subjects in context.
Alfred H. Kelly, Winfred A. Harbison, and

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