Potter Stewart

Potter Stewart

Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan, USA
Death 7 Dec 1985 (aged 70)
Hanover, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 5, Lot 40-2, Grid W-36
Memorial ID 2291 · View Source
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United States Supreme Court Associate Justice. Born the son of the Republican Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated from Yale University in 1937, graduated from the Yale Law School in 1941 and was editor of the Yale Law Journal. After serving during World War II, as a Naval Lieutenant JG officer on oil tank ships, he entered law private practice and local politics in Cincinnati. He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals as Judge for the 6th Circuit in 1954 and President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1958. As a conservative justice, he followed a moderate, pragmatic approach that defied easy categorization. In 1968, Stewart removed himself from consideration for the position of chief justice, when other members of the court previously had sought the position. He went on to play a significant role in formulating the court's unanimous opinion in 1974, which ordered President Richard M. Nixon to surrender to the special prosecutor the tape recordings whose disclosure later led Nixon to resign. He retired from the bench in 1981. After his retirement, he appeared in a series of public television specials and died of a stroke at age 70.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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