John Paul Stevens Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

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 (Mulholland) Stevens (December 1979-August 7, 2015, her death); Elizabeth Jane (Sheeren) Stevens (June 7, 1942-1979, divorced)
    Children: with Elizabeth Jane (Sheeren) Stevens: 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. Navy, 1942-1945, awarded the Bronze Star
    Other Facts:
    Has suffered from heart disease.
    Partial to bow ties and enjoys flying, competitive bridge and tennis.
    Was the last Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed without televised hearings.
    A life-long Republican, but is considered a liberal in his judicial rulings.
    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 Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
    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 President 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.
    2014 - Publishes the book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution." The book addresses the anti-commandeering rule, political gerrymandering, campaign finance, sovereign immunity, the death penalty, and the second amendment.
    May 4, 2015 - Speaking before a meeting of the group Lawyers for Civil Justice in Washington, Stevens says that some Guantanamo Bay detainees should be given reparations because "detainees who have been deemed not a security threat to the United States and have thereafter remained in custody for years are differently situated."