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Harlan Fiske Stone
12th Chief Justice of the United States
In office
July 3, 1941 – April 22, 1946
Nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by Charles Evans Hughes
Succeeded by Fred M. Vinson
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
In office
February 5, 1925[1] – July 3, 1941
Nominated by Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by Joseph McKenna
Succeeded by Robert H. Jackson
52nd United States Attorney General
In office
April 7, 1924 – March 1, 1925
Nominated by Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by Harry M. Daugherty
Succeeded by John G. Sargent
Personal details
Born Harlan Fiske Stone
October 11, 1872(1872-10-11)
Chesterfield, New Hampshire, United States
Died April 22, 1946(1946-04-22) (aged 73)
Washington, D.C., United States
Spouse(s) Agnes E. Harvey (1899 - 1946, his death)
Children Marshall Harvey Stone
Lauson Harvey Stone
Alma mater Amherst College,
Columbia University

Harlan Fiske Stone (October 11, 1872 – April 22, 1946) was an American lawyer and jurist. He served as the dean of Columbia Law School, his alma mater, in the early 20th century.

As a member of the Republican Party, he was appointed as the 52nd Attorney General of the United States before becoming an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1925.

In 1941, Stone became the 12th Chief Justice of the United States, serving until his death in 1946 – one of the shortest terms of any Chief Justice.[2] Stone was the first Chief Justice not to have served in elected office.

His most famous quotes was: "Courts are not the only agency of government that must be assumed to have capacity to govern."[3]


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