Chief Justice of the United States

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English: The Chief Justice of the United States is the head of the judicial branch of the government of the United States, and presides over the Supreme Court of the United States.

Chief Justices of the United States[edit]

Since the Supreme Court was established in 1789, 17 persons have served as Chief Justice. Five individuals in this group—John Rutledge, Edward Douglass White, Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan Fiske Stone, and William Rehnquist—had previously been confirmed for associate justice on the Court, and later confirmed for chief justice separately. One, William Howard Taft, had previously served as President of the United States from 1909–1913.