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John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens (born April 20, 1920) has been a U.S. Supreme Court
Associate Justice since 1975.

Stevens was born in Chicago, Illinois. He married Maryan Mulholland, and has
four children John Joseph (deceased), Kathryn, Elizabeth Jane, and Susan
Roberta. He received an A.B. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from
Northwestern University School of Law. He served in the United States Navy
from 1942-1945, and was a law clerk to Justice Wiley Rutledge of the Supreme
Court of the United States during the 1947 Term. He was admitted to law
practice in Illinois in 1949. He was Associate Counsel to the Subcommittee
on the Study of Monopoly Power of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House
of Representatives, 1951-1952, and a member of the Attorney General's
National Committee to Study Antitrust Law, 1953-1955. He was Second Vice
President of the Chicago Bar Association in 1970. From November 2, 1970 to
1975, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the
Seventh Circuit, nominated by by President Nixon. President Ford then
nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his
seat December 19, 1975.
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