John Paul Stevens
b. April 20, 1920 d. July 16, 2019
A Supreme Judge
John Paul Stevens was born April 20, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Earnest and Elizabeth Stevens. Stevens died July 16, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, Florida from complications of a stroke. He was preceded in death by his wife Maryan Mulholland Stevens daughter, Kathryn son, John Joseph . He is survived by daughters Elizabeth and Susan. He was interred July 23, 2019 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Stevens attended the University of Chicago, where he majored in English. He enlisted in the US Navy on December 6, 1941, one day prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. For his efforts during World War II as a member of a Japanese code-breaking team Stevens was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war Stevens enrolled in law school at Northwestern University.
Stevens was appointed as a judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Richard Nixon on November 20, 1970. President Gerald Ford then nominated Stevens as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1975.
After 34 years and six months of service Stevens retired from the Supreme Court as the third-longest-serving justice in the history of the court.
Stevens was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in May 2012 by President Barack Obama.
U.S. Supreme Court justice