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United States Solicitor General

The United States Solicitor General is the individual charged with arguing for the United States Government in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, when the government is party to a case.

The Solicitor General works within the United States Department of Justice; (s)he is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

Solicitors General Since 1870

Benjamin H. Bristow[?]
October 1870 - November 1872  Grant
Samuel F. Phillips[?]  November 1872 - May 1885  Grant
John Goode[?] (Acting)  May 1885 - August 1886  Cleveland
George A. Jenks[?] July 1886 - May 1889  Cleveland
Orlow W. Chapman[?]  May 1889 - January 1890  Harrison
William Howard Taft  February 1890 - March 1892  Harrison
Charles H. Aldrich[?]  March 1892 - May 1893  Harrison
Lawrence Maxwell, Jr.[?]  April 1893 - January 1895  Cleveland
Holmes Conrad[?]  February 1895 - July 1897  Cleveland
John K. Richards[?]  July 1897 - March 1903  McKinley
Henry M. Hoyt[?]  February 1903 - March 1909  Roosevelt
Lloyd Wheaton Bowers[?]  April 1909 - September 1910  Taft
Frederick W. Lehmann[?]  December 1910 - July 1912  Taft
William Marshall Bullit[?]  July 1912 - March 1913  Taft
John William Davis[?]  August 1913 - November 1918  Wilson
Alexander C. King[?]  November 1918 - May 1920  Wilson
William L. Frierson[?]  June 1920 - June 1921  Wilson
James M. Beck[?] June 1921 - June 1925  Harding
William D. Mitchell[?]  June 1925 - March 1929  Coolidge
Charles Evans Hughes, Jr[?] May 1929 - April 1930  Hoover
Thomas D. Thacher[?]  March 1930 - May 1933  Hoover
James Crawford Biggs[?]  May 1933 - March 1935  Roosevelt
Stanley Reed[?]  March 1935 - January 1938  Roosevelt
Robert H. Jackson  March 1938 - January 1940  Roosevelt
Francis Biddle[?]  January 1940 - September 1941  Roosevelt
Charles Fahy[?]  November 1941 - September 1945  Roosevelt
J. Howard McGrath[?]  October 1945 - October 1946  Truman
Philip B. Perlman[?]  July 1947 - August 1952  Truman
Walter J. Cummings, Jr[?] December 1952 - March 1953  Truman
Simon E. Sobeloff[?]  February 1954 - July 1956  Dwight D. Eisenhower
J. Lee Rankin[?]  August 1956 - January 1961  Dwight D. Eisenhower
Archibald Cox  January 1961 - July 1965  John F. Kennedy
Thurgood Marshall August 1965 - August 1967  Lyndon Johnson
Erwin N. Griswold[?] October 1967 - June 1973  Lyndon Johnson
Robert H. Bork
June 1973 - January 1977  Richard Nixon
Wade H. McCree[?]  March 1977 - August 1981  Jimmy Carter
Rex Lee [?] August 1981 - June 1985  Ronald Reagan
Charles Fried[?] October 1985 - January 1989 Ronald Reagan
Kenneth W. Starr  May 1989 - January 1993  George H. W. Bush
Drew S. Days, III [?] May 1993 - July 1996  Bill Clinton
Seth P. Waxman[?]  November 1997 - January 2001  Bill Clinton
Theodore B. Olson June 2001 -   George W. Bush

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