Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart
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Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart was born on January 23, 1915 and died on December 7, 1985. He served 22 years, 8 months, and 19 days as a supreme court judge. Stewart was a republican and was nominated a president Eisenhower. Stewart was the son of the Republican mayor of Cincinnati, so he was raised on politics. Though his background was ideologically conservative, Stewart was often cast as a centrist on the Court. Often he would vote with liberal justices on First Amendment issues and then side with conservative justices on matters of equal protection.
Stewart was born in Jackson, Michigan while his family was on vacation. His father, James G. Stewart, was a prominent Republican from Cincinnati Ohio. His father served as Mayor of Cincinnati for seven years and was later a judge on the Ohio Supreme Court.1
Stewart attended the Hotchkiss school, graduating in 1933. Then, he went on to Yale University, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and Skull and Bones graduating class of 1937. Here he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and served as chairman of the student newspaper, The Yale Daily News. He graduated from Yale law school in 1941, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Stewart’s first interaction with law was when he first began to work in a New York law firm.
His actual legal career had begun when the United States entered World War II, at that time he served as an officer in the Navy and on occasion Stewart performed legal services in courts-martial. Soon after the War Stewart practiced law in New York, however during his short study in New York Stewart returned to Cincinnati and joined a law firm there to continue his practice. Potter practiced law in Cincinnati until 1954. After his yield in law he was elected to the City Counsel twice and served as Vice Mayor from, 1952 to 1953. 2
In 1943, he married Mary Ann Bertles in a ceremony at Bruton Episcopal Church in Williamsburg Virginia. They eventually had a daughter, Harriet, and two sons, Potter, Jr. and David.
Potter Stewart was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1954 by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Stewart then served for four years. Potter joined the Supreme Court at the age of forty- three, he is one of the...