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John Paul Stevens John Paul Stevens was born on April 10 1920 in Chicago Illinois to Ernest and Elizabeth Stevens John who is the youngest of three brothers and his family lived across from the University of Chicago There John attended high school in the universitys laboratory school He also attended his college years at the university Stevens majored in english edited the school news paper and won the universitys highest honors for camps and scholarship activities and graduated in 1941 at the age of 21 In 1942 he married Elizabeth Sheeren He has four children with her one son and three daughters Come 1979 Elizabeth and John got a divorce The following yeah he married Maryan Simon After being on a code-breaking team for World War II from 1942 to 1945 he studied law at Northwestern University In 1947 John graduated first in his class with the highest grades in the law schools history In 1951 he got his own law firm Stevens was also an associate counsel of the House of Representatives and from 1953 to 1955 John was a member of the attorney generals committee As a member his duty was to investigate the conduct of state supreme court justices John was then appointed to the Seventh Circuit City of Appeals in 1970 by President Richard Nixon When a man by the name of William O Douglas retired from the Supreme Court in 1975 attorney General Edward Levi nominated him for the position President Ford wanted someone to be nominated who would help restore some confidence in the government since the Watergate Scandals occurred and the person for that job was Stevens He was confirmed by the Senate December 17 1975 and he took the oath of office two days later Stevens was nor a liberal or a constructive judge he was considered one of the least predictable member of the court He has his
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