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Original Supreme Court building

Located at the corner of Chestnut Street and South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

 

The new Constitution provided for a Supreme Court. The first court met here in the smaller building to the East of Independence Hall. It did not meet on a daily basis, but it served at different times when needed. The first supreme court chief justice was John Jay, a fellow Anglican/Episcopalian like George Washington, who was a close personal friend. John Jay served as the second President of the American Bible Society.  The Bible’s teaching on the importance of the judges maintaining justice is declared in Deuteronomy 25:1, “When men have a dispute, they are to take it to court and the judges will decide the case, acquitting the innocent and condemning the guilty.”