John Paul Stevens Biography – John Paul Stevens Wiki
John Paul Stevens was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.
Stevens served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law. After clerking for Justice Wiley Blount Rutledge, he co-founded a law firm in Chicago, focusing on antitrust law. In 1970, President Richard Nixon appointed Stevens to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Five years later, President Gerald Ford successfully nominated Stevens to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice William O. Douglas. He became the senior Associate Justice after the retirement of Harry Blackmun in 1994. Stevens retired during the administration of President Barack Obama and was succeeded by Justice Elena Kagan.
Stevens’s majority opinions in landmark cases include Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Apprendi v. New Jersey, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Kelo v. City of New London, and Massachusetts v. EPA. Stevens is also known for his dissents in Texas v. Johnson, Bush v. Gore, D.C. v. Heller, and Citizens United v. FEC.
John Paul Stevens Age
John Paul Stevens was born on April 20, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. He died on July 16, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 99.
John Paul Stevens Wife
Stevens was married twice. He married his first wife Elizabeth Jane Sheeren Stevens on June 7, 1942 and they divorced in 1979. He married his second wife Maryan Mulholland Simon from December 1979 to her death on August 7, 2015.
John Paul Stevens Children
He had four children: John Joseph (died of cancer in 1996), Kathryn Stevens Jedlicka, Elizabeth Jane and Susan Roberta.
John Paul Stevens Family
John Paul Stevens was born on April 20, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois as the youngest of four sons to Ernest James Stevens, hotelier and Elizabeth (Street) Stevens.
John Paul Stevens Death
John Paul Stevens died on July 16, 2019 at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with his daughters by his side. He was 99.
Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed Stevens’ death in a statement from the Supreme Court: “A son of the Midwest heartland and a veteran of World War II, Justice Stevens devoted his long life to public service, including 35 years on the Supreme Court. He brought to our bench an inimitable blend of kindness, humility, wisdom, and independence. His unrelenting commitment to justice has left us a better nation. We extend our deepest condolences to his children Elizabeth and Susan, and to his extended family.”
John Paul Stevens Death
John Paul Stevens’ cause of death was complications of a stroke.