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President George W. Bush recently appointed White House counsel Harriet Miers to the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here are some facts about Miers and her predecessors:

Number of Supreme Court justices in American history: 109
Number of Supreme Court justices in American history who have been women: 2
Age of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers: 60
Percentage of Supreme Court justices without prior judicial experience: 38 percent
Percentage of justices who worked for the President before nomination, since 1934: 29 percent
Number of years that the Rehnquist Court lasted: 11