This group also contained two chief justices

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This group also contained two Chief Justices. President Truman nominated Fred M. Vinson in 1946 six articles were found about his nomination. Vinson was not a controversial nominee like Brandeis was, but the Court gained more attention than it typically does during confirmations. At the time, the sitting justices did not hide the fact that the Court was marked by dissension. Newspaper articles spoke of Vinson as the solution to that problem. One New York Times article said that it was ―apparent that he was selected largely to settle this controversy ‗in chambers.‘‖ Another article said ―he must pull the Court together and restore its dignity,‖ because ―I t does not stand as high in popular respect as it did.‖ Clearly, Vinson‘s nomination did not have the controversy that is characteristic of other justices in this group, because discussion of the state of the Court was the center of debate and speculation. President Nixon nominated Warren Burger, the other Chief Justice in this group, in 1969. Even while the public may not know who a nominee is, officials in Washington are usually, at least, familiar with who a nominee will be before the president makes the official announcement. This was not the case for Burger. A New York Times article describes the announcement by saying that ―His appointment took most of official
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65 Washington by surprise.‖ As has become the norm, President Nixon announced Burger‘s nomination during a press conference in the White House. As the President made the announcement, Burger stood next to him. One reporter covering the event stated that ―the man at [Nixon‘s] side was Judge Burger— tall, white-haired, and virtually unknown to most of the newsmen and many of the cabinet members and Government officials assembled for the announcement.‖ When few in Washington know who a nominee is, that nominee can safely be classified as unknown at the time of their nomination. With the few est number of articles for this group, Harold H. Burton‘s confirmation was controversial only in the fact that he lacked the judicial experience that has almost become a prerequisite for nomination. Despite that, though, the Senate unanimously confirmed h is nomination ―less than twenty - four hours after‖ his nomination was submitted. With 34 articles, Antonin Scalia had the most articles not only in this group, but also of any sampled justice. Prior to his nomination, Scalia had worked in various legal capacities in both the Nixon and Ford administrations, taught law at the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago, and was a sitting judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. 37 Following the death of Chief Justice Burger, President Reagan had the opportunity to nominate the next Chief Justice. He chose to elevate associate justice William Rehnquist to Chief Justice, and then nominated Antonin Scalia to take Rehnquist‘s seat as associate justice; therefore, their nominations were tied together.
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