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On this date (March 23) in 1888, Chief Justice of the United States Morrison Waite died unexpectedly of pneumonia.
This is relevant today because 1888 was the most recent time a Supreme Court vacancy opened with a Democrat in the White House and the GOP holding a Senate majority. It was also an election year, so it is the best comparison history provides for today’s situation.
Justice Waite died 228 days before that year’s election. Justice Scalia’s death happened 269 days before this year’s election day.