About Justice Warren E. Burger
About Justice Burger
The Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United
States Supreme Court from 1969 to 1986, was born in St. Paul,
Minnesota, in 1907. He spent his early years on a farm at Stacy,
Minnesota, and later lived in St. Paul. He attended John A.
Johnson High School and the University of Minnesota
He graduated from the St. Paul (now William Mitchell) College of
Law, magna cum laude, in 1931, and upon graduation, entered private
practice with the firm of Boyesen, Otis, Brill & Faricy, and
became a full partner in 1933. He also taught at William
Mitchell from 1931 to 1945.
In 1953, President Eisenhower appointed him Assistant Attorney
General of the United States, Civil Division. In 1956, President
Eisenhower appointed him to the United States Court of Appeals,
District of Columbia Circuit. And in May, 1969, President Nixon
appointed him Chief Justice of the United States, where he served
until 1986, making him one of the longest servicing Chief Justices
in history. During his tenure on the Supreme Court, he was
instrumental in establishing the American Inns of Court.
Warren Burger retired as Chief Justice in 1986, and took on the
position of Chairman of the Committee on the Bicentennial of the
Constitution, where he was able to use his energy to help make
Americans better acquainted with their Constitution. At age
88 years of age, he published a book about famous Supreme Court
cases entitled, It Is So Ordered.
Chief Justice Burger died on June 25, 1995 in the District of