List of Justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

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The following tables list the terms of all Maine Supreme Judicial Court justices in their order of appointment to serve on the Court.

Chief Justices[edit]

# Judge Lifespan Residence Began service Ended service Reason for
termination
Appointed by Re-appointed by
1 Prentiss Mellen 1764–1840 Portland July 1, 1820 October 11, 1834 mandatory retirement William King
2 Nathan Weston 1782–1872 Augusta October 22, 1834 October 22, 1841 term expired Robert P. Dunlap
3 Ezekiel Whitman 1776–1866 Portland December 10, 1841 October 23, 1848 resigned Edward Kent
4 Ether Shepley 1789–1877 Saco October 23, 1848 October 22, 1855 term expired John W. Dana
5 John S. Tenney 1793–1869 Norridgewock October 23, 1855 October 23, 1862 term expired Anson Morrill
6 John Appleton 1804–1891 Bangor October 24, 1862 September 19, 1883 term expired Israel Washburn Jr. Joshua Chamberlain
Seldon Connor
7 John A. Peters 1822–1904 Bangor September 20, 1883 January 1, 1900 resignation Frederick Robie Edwin C. Burleigh
Llewellyn Powers
8 Andrew P. Wiswell 1852–1906 Ellsworth January 2, 1900 December 4, 1906 death Llewellyn Powers
9 Lucilius A. Emery 1840–1920 Ellsworth December 14, 1906 July 26, 1911 resignation William T. Cobb
10 William Penn Whitehouse 1842–1922 Augusta July 26, 1911 April 8, 1913 resignation Frederick W. Plaisted
11 Albert R. Savage 1847–1913 Auburn April 9, 1913 June 14, 1917 death William T. Haines
12 Leslie C. Cornish 1854–1925 Augusta June 25, 1917 March 1, 1925 resignation Carl Milliken Percival Proctor Baxter
13 Scott Wilson 1870–1942 Portland March 1, 1925 October 7, 1929 elevation to the 1st Cir. Owen Brewster
14 Luere B. Deasy 1859–1940 Bar Harbor October 12, 1929 February 7, 1930 resignation William Tudor Gardiner
15 William Robinson Pattangall 1865–1942 Augusta February 7, 1930 July 16, 1935 resignation William Tudor Gardiner
16 Charles J. Dunn 1872–1939 Orono July 18, 1935 November 10, 1939 death Louis J. Brann
17 Charles P. Barnes 1869–1951 Houlton November 21, 1939 July 31, 1940 resignation Lewis O. Barrows
18 Guy H. Sturgis 1877–1951 Portland August 8, 1940 March 8, 1949 retirement Lewis O. Barrows Horace Hildreth
19 Harold H. Murchie 1888–1953 Calais March 8, 1949 March 7, 1953 death Frederick G. Payne
20 Edward F. Merrill 1883–1962 Skowhegan March 18, 1953 April 7, 1954 resignation Nathaniel M. Haskell
21 Raymond Fellows 1885–1957 Bangor April 7, 1954 September 15, 1956 resignation Burton M. Cross
22 Robert B. Williamson 1899–1976 Augusta October 4, 1956 August 21, 1970 resignation Edmund Muskie John H. Reed
23 Armand A. Dufresne 1909–1994 Lewiston September 3, 1970 September 3, 1977 term expired Kenneth M. Curtis
24 Vincent L. McKusick 1921–2014 Cape Elizabeth September 16, 1977 February 28, 1992 resignation James B. Longley Joseph E. Brennan
25 Daniel Wathen 1939– Augusta March 20, 1992 October 4, 2001 resignation John R. McKernan Jr. Angus King
26 Leigh Saufley 1954– Portland December 6, 2001 present Angus King John Baldacci
Paul LePage

Associate Justices[edit]

# Judge Lifespan Residence Began service Ended service Reason for
termination
Appointed by Re-appointed by
1 William Pitt Preble 1783–1857 Portland July 1, 1820 June 18, 1828 resignation William King
2 Nathan Weston 1782–1872 Augusta July 1, 1820 October 22, 1834 elevation to Chief Justice William King
3 Albion Parris 1788–1857 Portland June 25, 1828 August 20, 1836 resignation Enoch Lincoln
4 Nicholas Emery 1776–1861 Portland October 22, 1834 October 21, 1841 term expired Robert P. Dunlap
5 Ether Shepley 1789–1877 Saco September 23, 1836 October 23, 1848 elevation to Chief Justice Robert P. Dunlap Edward Kavanagh
6 John S. Tenney 1793–1869 Norridgewock October 23, 1841 October 23, 1855 elevation to Chief Justice Edward Kent John W. Dana
7 Samuel Wells 1801–1868 Portland September 28, 1847 March 31, 1854 resignation John W. Dana
8 Joseph Howard 1800–1877 Portland October 23, 1848 October 22, 1855 term expired John W. Dana
9 Richard D. Rice 1810–1882 Augusta May 11, 1852 December 1, 1863 resignation John Hubbard Lot M. Morrill
10 John Appleton 1804–1891 Bangor May 11, 1852 October 24, 1862 elevation to Chief Justice John Hubbard Lot M. Morrill
11 Joshua W. Hathaway 1797–1862 Bangor May 11, 1852 May 10, 1859 term expired John Hubbard
12 Jonas Cutting 1800–1876 Bangor April 20, 1854 April 20, 1875 term expired William G. Crosby Israel Washburn Jr.
Joshua Chamberlain
13 Seth May 1802–1881 Winthrop May 6, 1855 May 7, 1862 term expired Anson Morrill
14 Woodbury Davis 1818–1871 Portland October 10, 1855
February 25, 1857
April 11, 1856
December 12, 1865
removal by address
resignation
Anson Morrill
Hannibal Hamlin

Samuel Cony
15 Daniel Goodenow 1793–1863 Alfred October 10, 1855 October 10, 1862 term expired Anson Morrill
16 Edward Kent 1802–1877 Bangor May 11, 1859 May 11, 1873 term expired Lot M. Morrill Samuel Cony
17 Charles W. Walton 1819–1900 Deering May 14, 1862 May 14, 1897 term expired Israel Washburn Jr. Joshua Chamberlain
Seldon Connor
Frederick Robie
Edwin C. Burleigh
18 Jonathan G. Dickerson 1811–1878 Belfast October 24, 1862 September 1, 1878 death Israel Washburn Jr. Joshua Chamberlain
Seldon Connor
19 Edward Fox 1815–1881 Portland October 24, 1862 March 27, 1863 resignation Israel Washburn Jr.
20 William G. Barrows 1821–1886 Brunswick March 27, 1863 March 24, 1884 term expired Abner Coburn Joshua Chamberlain
Seldon Connor
21 Charles Danforth 1815–1890 Gardiner January 5, 1864 March 30, 1890 death Samuel Cony Sidney Perham
Seldon Connor
Frederick Robie
22 Rufus P. Tapley 1823–1893 Saco December 21, 1865 December 21, 1872 term expired Samuel Cony
23 William Wirt Virgin 1823–1893 Portland December 26, 1872 January 23, 1893 death Sidney Perham Alonzo Garcelon
Frederick Robie
24 John A. Peters 1822–1904 Bangor May 20, 1873 September 20, 1883 elevation to Chief Justice Sidney Perham Seldon Connor
25 Artemas Libbey 1823–1894 Augusta April 24, 1875
January 11, 1883
April 23, 1882
March 15, 1894
term expired
death
Nelson Dingley Jr.
Frederick Robie

Edwin C. Burleigh
26 Joseph W. Symonds 1840–1918 Portland October 16, 1878 March 31, 1884 resignation Seldon Connor
27 Lucilius A. Emery 1840–1920 Ellsworth October 5, 1883 December 14, 1906 elevation to Chief Justice Frederick Robie Edwin C. Burleigh
Llewellyn Powers
John Fremont Hill
28 Enoch Foster 1839–1913 Bethel March 24, 1884 March 24, 1898 term expired Frederick Robie Edwin C. Burleigh
29 Thomas H. Haskell 1842–1900 Portland March 31, 1884 September 24, 1900 death Frederick Robie Edwin C. Burleigh
Llewellyn Powers
30 William Penn Whitehouse 1842–1922 Augusta April 15, 1890 July 26, 1911 elevation to Chief Justice Edwin C. Burleigh Llewellyn Powers
John Fremont Hill
Frederick W. Plaisted
31 Andrew P. Wiswell 1852–1906 Ellsworth April 10, 1893 January 2, 1900 elevation to Chief Justice Henry B. Cleaves
32 Sewall C. Strout 1827–1914 Portland April 12, 1894 April 12, 1908 term expired Henry B. Cleaves John Fremont Hill
33 Albert R. Savage 1847–1913 Auburn May 15, 1897 April 9, 1913 elevation to Chief Justice Llewellyn Powers John Fremont Hill
Frederick W. Plaisted
34 William H. Fogler 1837–1902 Rockland March 25, 1898 February 18, 1902 death Llewellyn Powers
35 Frederick A. Powers 1855–1824 Houlton January 2, 1900 March 31, 1907 resignation Llewellyn Powers William T. Cobb
36 Henry C. Peabody 1838–1911 Portland November 29, 1900 March 29, 1911 death Llewellyn Powers William T. Cobb
37 Albert Spear 1852–1929 Gardiner March 1, 1902
June 25, 1917
March 1, 1916
June 25, 1923
term expired
term expired
John Fremont Hill
Carl Milliken
Bert M. Fernald
 
38 Charles F. Woodard 1848–1907 Bangor December 14, 1906 June 17, 1907 death William T. Cobb
39 Leslie C. Cornish 1854–1925 Augusta March 31, 1907 June 25, 1917 elevation to Chief Justice William T. Cobb William T. Haines
40 Arno W. King 1855–1918 Ellsworth June 28, 1907 July 21, 1918 death William T. Cobb William T. Haines
41 George E. Bird 1847–1926 Portland April 13, 1908 August 29, 1918 retirement William T. Cobb Oakley C. Curtis
42 George F. Haley 1856–1918 Biddeford April 12, 1911 February 19, 1918 death Frederick W. Plaisted
43 George M. Hanson 1856–1924 Calais July 26, 1911 April 4, 1924 death Frederick W. Plaisted Carl Milliken
44 Warren C. Philbrook 1857–1933 Waterville April 9, 1913 November 29, 1928 retirement William T. Haines Carl Milliken
Owen Brewster
45 John B. Madigan 1863–1918 Houlton March 1, 1916 January 19, 1918 death Oakley C. Curtis
46 Charles J. Dunn 1872–1939 Orono February 6, 1918 July 18, 1935 elevation to Chief Justice Carl Milliken Owen Brewster
William Tudor Gardiner
47 John A. Morrill 1855–1945 Auburn March 5, 1918 May 31, 1926 retirement Carl Milliken Owen Brewster
48 Scott Wilson 1870–1942 Portland August 17, 1918 March 1, 1925 elevation to Chief Justice Carl Milliken
49 Luere B. Deasy 1859–1940 Bar Harbor September 25, 1918 October 12, 1929 elevation to Chief Justice Carl Milliken Owen Brewster
50 Guy H. Sturgis 1877–1951 Portland August 13, 1923 August 8, 1940 elevation to Chief Justice Percival Proctor Baxter William Tudor Gardiner
Lewis O. Barrows
51 Charles P. Barnes 1869–1951 Houlton April 17, 1924 November 21, 1939 elevation to Chief Justice Percival Proctor Baxter William Tudor Gardiner
Lewis O. Barrows
52 Norman L. Bassett 1869–1931 Augusta March 26, 1925 September 9, 1930 resignation Owen Brewster
53 William Robinson Pattangall 1865–1942 Augusta July 2, 1926 February 7, 1930 elevation to Chief Justice Owen Brewster
54 Frank G. Farrington 1872–1933 Augusta November 16, 1928 September 3, 1933 death Owen Brewster
55 Sidney St. Felix Thaxter 1883–1958 Portland September 16, 1930 February 28, 1954 retirement William Tudor Gardiner Lewis O. Barrows
Sumner Sewall
Frederick G. Payne
56 James H. Hudson 1878–1947 Guilford November 20, 1933 August 21, 1947 death Louis J. Brann Lewis O. Barrows
57 Harry Manser 1874–1955 Auburn July 18, 1935 March 20, 1946 retirement Louis J. Brann Sumner Sewall
58 George H. Worster 1871–1965 Bangor December 21, 1939 July 31, 1942 resignation Lewis O. Barrows
59 Harold H. Murchie 1888–1953 Calais August 8, 1940 March 3, 1949 elevation to Chief Justice Lewis O. Barrows Horace Hildreth
60 Arthur Chapman 1873–1959 Portland November 4, 1942 July 27, 1945 retirement Sumner Sewall
61 Nathaniel Tompkins 1879–1949 Houlton July 27, 1945 April 22, 1949 death Horace Hildreth
62 Raymond Fellows 1885–1957 Bangor May 1, 1946 April 7, 1954 elevation to Chief Justice Horace Hildreth Burton M. Cross
63 Edward P. Murray 1876–1966 Bangor September 18, 1947 April 6, 1948 retirement Horace Hildreth
64 Edward F. Merrill 1883–1962 Skowhegan June 2, 1948 March 18, 1953 elevation to Chief Justice Horace Hildreth
65 William B. Nulty 1888–1953 Portland March 16, 1949 September 11, 1953 death Frederick G. Payne
66 Robert B. Williamson 1899–1976 Augusta May 5, 1949 October 4, 1956 elevation to Chief Justice Frederick G. Payne Edmund Muskie
67 Frank A. Tirrell 1893–1955 Camden March 18, 1953 June 4, 1955 death Burton M. Cross
68 Donald W. Webber 1906–1995 Auburn October 8, 1953 July 31, 1973 resignation Burton M. Cross John H. Reed
Kenneth M. Curtis
69 Albert Beliveau 1887–1971 Rumford March 3, 1954 March 25, 1958 resignation Burton M. Cross
70 Walter M. Tapley 1898–1971 Portland May 5, 1954 June 30, 1969 resignation Burton M. Cross John H. Reed
Kenneth M. Curtis
71 Percy T. Clarke 1885–1957 Ellsworth March 3, 1955 June 15, 1956 retirement Edmund Muskie
72 F. Harold Dubord 1891–1964 Waterville October 4, 1956 December 10, 1962 resignation Edmund Muskie
73 Francis W. Sullivan 1894–1967 Portland October 4, 1956 July 10, 1965 resignation Edmund Muskie John H. Reed
74 Cecil J. Siddall 1894–1986 Sanford May 7, 1958 February 27, 1965 resignation Edmund Muskie
75 Harold C. Marden 1900–1994 Waterville December 19, 1962 November 15, 1970 resignation John H. Reed Kenneth M. Curtis
76 Abraham M. Rudman 1896–1970 Bangor March 30, 1965 December 14, 1966 resignation John H. Reed
77 Armand A. Dufresne 1909–1994 Lewiston August 25, 1965 September 3, 1970 elevation to Chief Justice John H. Reed
78 Randolph A. Weatherbee 1907–1976 Bangor December 21, 1966 May 20, 1976 death John H. Reed Kenneth M. Curtis
79 Charles A. Pomeroy 1914–1993 Windham July 21, 1969 January 1, 1980 resignation Kenneth M. Curtis James B. Longley
80 Sidney W. Wernick 1913–1995 Portland September 30, 1970 August 24, 1981 retirement Kenneth M. Curtis James B. Longley
81 James Archibald 1912–2006 Houlton January 27, 1971 January 1, 1980 retirement Kenneth M. Curtis James B. Longley
82 Thomas E. Delahanty 1914–1985 Lewiston September 5, 1973 August 31, 1983 retirement Kenneth M. Curtis Joseph E. Brennan
83 Edward S. Godfrey 1913–2005 Portland September 1, 1976 September 1, 1983 term expired James B. Longley
84 David A. Nichols 1917–1997 Lincolnville May 24, 1977 May 31, 1988 resignation James B. Longley Joseph E. Brennan
85 Harry P. Glassman 1928–1981 Portland August 31, 1979 May 15, 1981 death Joseph E. Brennan
86 David G. Roberts 1928–1999 Bangor January 11, 1980 August 31, 1998 retirement Joseph E. Brennan John R. McKernan Jr. (x2)
87 Gene Carter 1935– Bangor September 15, 1980 July 5, 1983 elevation to the D. Me. Joseph E. Brennan
88 Elmer H. Violette 1921–2000 Van Buren August 31, 1981 August 1, 1986 retirement Joseph E. Brennan
89 Daniel Wathen 1939– Augusta August 31, 1981 March 20, 1992 elevation to Chief Justice Joseph E. Brennan John R. McKernan Jr.
90 Caroline Duby Glassman 1922–2013 Portland August 30, 1983 August 29, 1997 term expired Joseph E. Brennan John R. McKernan Jr.
91 Louis Scolnik 1923– Lewiston September 7, 1983 August 1, 1988 resignation Joseph E. Brennan
92 Robert W. Clifford 1937– Lewiston August 1, 1986 August 31, 2009 retirement Joseph E. Brennan John R. McKernan Jr.
Angus King
John Baldacci
93 D. Brock Hornby 1944– Cape Elizabeth June 10, 1988 May 7, 1990 elevation to the D. Me. John R. McKernan Jr.
94 Samuel Collins 1923–2012 Rockland September 16, 1988 April 15, 1994 retirement John R. McKernan Jr.
95 Morton A. Brody 1933–2000 Waterville June 6, 1990 August 8, 1991 elevation to the D. Me. John R. McKernan Jr.
96 Paul L. Rudman 1935– Bangor June 5, 1992 July 1, 2005 resignation John R. McKernan Jr. Angus King
97 Howard H. Dana 1940– Cape Elizabeth March 4, 1993 March 2, 2007 term expired John R. McKernan Jr. Angus King
98 Kermit Lipez 1941– South Portland May 12, 1994 June 30, 1998 elevation to the 1st Cir. John R. McKernan Jr.
99 Leigh Saufley 1954– Portland October 20, 1997 December 6, 2001 elevation to Chief Justice Angus King
100 Donald G. Alexander 1942– Winthrop September 2, 1998 present Angus King John Baldacci
Paul LePage
101 Susan W. Calkins 1942– Portland September 2, 1998 October 1, 2007 resignation Angus King John Baldacci
102 Jon D. Levy 1954– Portland March 7, 2002 May 5, 2014 elevation to the D. Me. Angus King John Baldacci
103 Warren Silver 1948– Bangor July 29, 2005 December 31, 2014 resignation John Baldacci Paul LePage
104 Andrew Mead 1952– Bangor March 22, 2007 present John Baldacci Paul LePage
105 Ellen Gorman 1955– Falmouth October 1, 2007 present John Baldacci Paul LePage
106 Joseph Jabar 1946– Waterville September 1, 2009 present John Baldacci Paul LePage
107 Jeffrey Hjelm 1956– Camden August 1, 2014 present Paul LePage
108 Thomas E. Humphrey 1945– Sanford June 9, 2015 present Paul LePage

Active Retired Justices[edit]

Judge Lifespan Residence Began service Ended service Reason for
termination
Appointed by Re-appointed by
George E. Bird 1847–1926 Portland October 23, 1923 January 19, 1926 death Percival Proctor Baxter
Albert Spear 1852–1929 Gardiner July 24, 1923 January 31, 1929 death Percival Proctor Baxter
John A. Morrill 1855–1945 Auburn June 4, 1926 June 4, 1933 term expired Owen Brewster
Warren C. Philbrook 1857–1933 Waterville November 29, 1928 May 31, 1933 death Owen Brewster
Arthur Chapman 1873–1959 Portland July 27, 1945 August 8, 1952 term expired Horace Hildreth
Harry Manser 1874–1955 Auburn March 30, 1946 February 20, 1955 death Horace Hildreth Burton M. Cross
Edward P. Murray 1876–1966 Bangor November 1948 November 1962 term expired Horace Hildreth Burton M. Cross
Guy H. Sturgis 1877–1951 Portland March 8, 1949 January 18, 1951 death Frederick G. Payne
Sidney St. Felix Thaxter 1883–1958 Portland March 3, 1954 June 30, 1958 death Burton M. Cross
Percy T. Clarke 1885–1957 Ellsworth June 19, 1956 August 1957 retirement Edmund Muskie
Armand A. Dufresne 1909–1994 Lewiston September 16, 1977 March 16, 1985 retirement James B. Longley Joseph E. Brennan
Thomas E. Delahanty 1914–1985 Lewiston August 31, 1979 February 4, 1985 death Joseph E. Brennan
James Archibald 1912–2006 Houlton October 24, 1981 May 28, 2006 death Joseph E. Brennan John R. McKernan Jr.
Angus King (x2)
Sidney W. Wernick 1913–1995 Portland July 11, 1984 September 22, 1995 death Joseph E. Brennan John R. McKernan Jr.
Elmer H. Violette 1921–2000 Van Buren August 1, 1986 February 1, 1994 retirement Joseph E. Brennan John R. McKernan Jr.
Samuel Collins 1923–2012 Rockland May 12, 1994 March 22, 2012 death John R. McKernan Jr. Angus King
John Baldacci
David G. Roberts 1928–1999 Bangor September 2, 1998 January 26, 1999 death Angus King
Robert W. Clifford 1937– Lewiston September 1, 2009 present John Baldacci Paul LePage

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