President George Washington appointed the first Supreme Court in September 1789. The court consisted of eight individuals. However, only five of those nominated actually served. Those five were:
- John Jay, Chief Justice
- John Rutledge
- William Cushing
- James Wilson
- John Blair, Jr.
The sixth: Robert H. Harrison declined his appointment. In 1790, James Iredell joined the court as the sixth justice.
When John Jay stepped down from the court in 1795, John Rutledge became the new Chief Justice.