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Earl Warren
14th Chief Justice of the United States
In office
October 5, 1953 â€“ June 23, 1969
Nominated by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Fred M. Vinson
Succeeded by Warren E. Burger
30th Governor of California
In office
January 4, 1943 â€“ October 5, 1953
Lieutenant Frederick F. Houser
Goodwin Knight
Preceded by Culbert Olson
Succeeded by Goodwin Knight
20th Attorney General of California
In office
January 3, 1939 â€“ January 4, 1943
Governor Culbert Olson
Preceded by Ulysses S. Webb
Succeeded by Robert W. Kenny
Chairman of the California Republican Party
In office
Preceded by Louis B. Mayer
Succeeded by Justus Craemer
District Attorney of Alameda County
In office
Preceded by Ezra Decoto
Succeeded by Ralph Hoyt
Personal details
Born (1891-03-19)March 19, 1891
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died July 9, 1974(1974-07-09) (aged 83)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nina Meyers
Children 6
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (B.A., J.D.)
Religion Methodism
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1917–1918
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit 91st Division

If Nixon is not forced to turn over tapes of his conversations with the ring of men who were conversing on their violations of the law, then liberty will soon be dead in this nation.
Earl Warren
I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.
Earl Warren
Prior to any questioning, the person must be warned that he has a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him and that he has a right to the presence of an attorney, either retained or appointed.
Earl Warren
The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.
Earl Warren
Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.
In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.
Earl Warren
In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don't know, but they do.
Earl Warren
Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism.
Earl Warren
We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place.
Earl Warren
Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity- but it is the man who invented the meter who made the money.
Earl Warren
The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.
I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile, I caught hell for.
If it is a mistake of the head and not the heart don't worry about it, that's the way we learn.
Earl Warren
To separate children from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.
Earl Warren

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
All provisions of federal, state or local law requiring or permitting discrimination in public education must yield.
Earl Warren
Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves.
Earl Warren
Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world.
The old Court you and I served so long will not be worthy of its traditions if Nixon can twist, turn and fashion If Nixon gets away with that, then Nixon makes the law as he goes along – not the Congress nor the courts.
Earl Warren
Legislatures represent people, not acres or trees.
There is no requirement that police stop a person who enters a police station and states that he wishes to confess a crime or a person who calls the police to offer a confession because volunteered statements of any kind are not barred by the 5th Amendment.
Earl Warren
The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.
You sit up there, and you see the whole gamut of human nature. Even if the case being argued involves only a little fellow and $50, it involves justice. That's what is important.
Earl Warren
Before this distinguished assembly and the world, the bells today proclaim the joyous tidings of the completion of this quietly soaring tower.
Earl Warren
We may not know the whole story in our lifetime.
It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.
I hate banks. They do nothing positive for anybody except take care of themselves. They're first in with their fees and first out when there's trouble.
Earl Warren
To get what you want, STOP doing what isn't working.