Sir Edward Coke, Chief Justice of the King's Bench
and author of law reports and commentaries (including, most
on Littleton), was born on February 1, 1552.
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On February 1, 1790, the Supreme Court of the
United States convened for the first time. The meeting was held at
the Merchants' Exchange Building in New York City, then the national
capital. Chief Justice John Jay presided over the first Court with
five Associate Justices: James Wilson, John Blair, James Iredell,
William Cushing, and John Rutledge. However, due to the limitations
of 18th century transportation technology, the meeting was postponed
by Jay until the following day.The first
meeting was held primarily to organize the Supreme Court. The
Justices did not hear their first actual case, Chrisholm
v. Georgia, until 1792.