When Justice Samuel Alito Jr. joined the Supreme Court in January 2006 as its junior justice, he kept Justice Stephen Breyer from breaking a high court record.

Breyer, who became a justice in 1994, fell 29 days short of having the longest tenure as junior justice in the Court’s history. That distinction is still held by Justice Joseph Story, who was junior justice for 4,228 days — more than 11 years — in the early 1800s.

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