Unconfirmed US Supreme Court Nominees

Since 1789, 32 people nominated to sit on the US Supreme Court have, for various reasons, not been confirmed. Name them. Note: Justices who were nominated multiple times but were confirmed on any attempt are omitted from this list
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Nominated By
Year
Result
Answer
George Washington
1789
Candidate Declined
Robert H Harrison
James Madison
1811
Candidate Declined
Levi Lincoln, Sr.
James Madison
1811
Rejected by Senate
Alexander Wolcott
James Madison
1811
Candidate Declined
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams
1828
Senate Postponed
John J Crittenden
Andrew Jackson
1837
Candidate Declined
William Smith
John Tyler
1844
Rejected by Senate
John C Spencer
John Tyler
1844
Senate Postponed, Withdrawn
Reuben H Walworth
John Tyler
1845
Senate Postponed, Withdrawn
Edward King
John Tyler
1845
Senate Inaction
John M Read
James Polk
1844
Candidate Declined
James Buchanan
James Polk
1845
Rejected by Senate
George W Woodward
Millard Fillmore
1852
Senate Inaction
Edward A Bradford
Millard Fillmore
1853
Senate Inaction
George E Badger
Millard Fillmore
1853
Senate Inaction
William C Micou
James Buchanan
1861
Rejected by Senate
Jeremiah S Black
Andrew Johnson
1866
Nullified due to reduction of seats
Henry Stanbery
Ulysses S Grant
1869
Rejected by Senate
Ebenezer R Hoar
Ulysses S Grant
1869
Died before Confirmation
Edwin Stanton
Ulysses S Grant
1873
Senate Judicial Committee failure, withdrawn
George Henry Williams
Ulysses S Grant
1874
Withdrawn
Caleb Cushing
Chester Arthur
1882
Candidate Declined
Roscoe Conkling
Chester Arthur
1882
Candidate Declined
George F Edmunds
Grover Cleveland
1893
Rejected by Senate
William B Hornblower
Grover Cleveland
1894
Rejected by Senate
Wheeler Hazard Peckham
Herbert Hoover
1930
Rejected by Senate
John J Parker
Lyndon Johnson
1968
Nullified due to vacancy not appearing
Homer Thornberry
Richard Nixon
1969
Rejected by Senate
Clement Haynsworth
Richard Nixon
1970
Rejected by Senate
G Harrold Carswell
Ronald Reagan
1987
Rejected by Senate
Robert Bork
George W Bush
2005
Withdrawn
Harriet Miers
Barack Obama
2016
Senate Inaction
Merrick Garland
+1
Level 87
Mar 28, 2022
If your name is Hornblower, you're begging to be rejected.