George Shiras, Jr.

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George Shiras, Jr.
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: July 26, 1892 – February 23, 1903
Nominator Benjamin Harrison
Predecessor Joseph P. Bradley
Successor William R. Day
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Lillie E. Kennedy
Religion Presbyterian

George Shiras, Jr. was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for 11 years.[1] He is known for casting the swing vote which struck down the federal income tax - leading to the ratification of the 16th Amendment.[1] He was also known for supporting individuals who challenged government power.[2]

Shiras proved himself to be a back-stabber RINO when he voted with the majority and the Democrats in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, which upheld "separate but equal" racial segregation.


  1. 1.0 1.1 George Shiras, Jr. (English). law.jrank.
  2. George Shiras, Jr. (English). Oyez. Chicago-Kent School of Law.