John Paul Stevens Fast Facts
Here's an in-depth look at the life of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
Personal: Birth date: April 20, 1920
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: John Paul Stevens
Father: Ernest James Stevens, hotel owner
Mother: Elizabeth (Street) Stevens
Marriages: Maryan (Simon) Stevens (December 1979 - present); Elizabeth Jane (Sheeren) Stevens (June 7, 1942 - 1979, divorced)
Children: with Elizabeth: John Joseph (deceased), Kathryn, Elizabeth, Susan
Education: University of Chicago, A.B., 1941; Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1947
Military Service: U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942-45, decorated Bronze Star
Other Facts: Has suffered from heart disease.
Partial to bow ties and enjoys flying, competitive bridge, and tennis.
A life-long Republican, but is considered a liberal in his judicial rulings.
Timeline: 1947-1948 - Law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Wiley Rutledge.
1949 - Admitted to the Illinois Bar.
1949-1952 - Associate at Poppenhusen, Johnston, Thompson and Raymond.
1951 - Associate counsel for the Committee on Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, on study of monopoly power.
1952-1970 - Partner at Rothschild, Stevens, Barry and Myers.
1953-1955 - Member of the National Committee to Study Antitrust Laws.
1969 - Appointed chief counsel to the special commission to investigate integrity of the judgment of People v. Isaacs, Illinois Supreme Court.
1970-1975 -Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
December 19, 1975 - Is sworn in to the Supreme Court, appointed by Gerald Ford.
December 12, 2000 - Writes the dissenting opinion in Bush v. Gore.
June 29, 2006 - Authors the majority opinion in Rasul et al v. Bush, deciding the Guantanamo detainees must have a court-martial.
April 9, 2010 - Stevens' retirement is announced and becomes effective June 29, 2010.
May 29, 2012 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.