Supreme Court Justice

Lawyer, diplomat, Continental congressman, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; 1745—1829.
Soldier, lawyer, politician, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; 1755—1835.
South Carolina governor, second Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; 1739—1800.
Lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Supreme Court justice; 1742—98.

I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self-evident, that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living; that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it. This, with its echo of the Declaration (self-evident) was Jefferson at his most terse. Except for the phrase in usufruct — a legalism meaning the right to use property for a certain time — Jefferson’s words could be chiseled in stone, or shouted on the hustings.

Richard Brookhiser
James Madison (2011)