Harry Blackmun, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Harry Blackmun

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Date of Birth: 12-Nov-1908

Place of Birth: Nashville, Illinois, United States

Date of Death: 04-Mar-1999

Profession: judge, lawyer, politician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Harry Blackmun

  • Harry Andrew Blackmun (November 12, 1908 – March 4, 1999) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1970 until 1994.
  • Appointed by Republican President Richard Nixon, Blackmun ultimately became one of the most liberal justices on the Court.
  • He is best known as the author of the Court's opinion in Roe v.
  • Wade, which prohibits many state and federal restrictions on abortion.Raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Blackmun graduated from Harvard Law School in 1932.
  • He practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, representing clients such as the Mayo Clinic.
  • In 1959, he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President Dwight D.
  • Eisenhower.
  • After the defeat of two previous nominees, President Richard Nixon successfully nominated Blackmun to the Supreme Court to replace Associate Justice Abe Fortas.
  • Blackmun and his close friend, conservative Chief Justice Warren Burger, were often referred to as the "Minnesota Twins", but Blackmun drifted away from Burger during their tenure on the court.
  • Blackmun retired from the Court during the administration of President Bill Clinton, and was succeeded by Stephen Breyer. Aside from Roe v.
  • Wade, notable majority opinions written by Blackmun include Bates v.
  • State Bar of Arizona, Bigelow v.
  • Commonwealth of Virginia, and Stanton v.
  • Stanton.
  • He joined part of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's opinion in Planned Parenthood v.
  • Casey but also filed a separate opinion, warning that Roe was in jeopardy.
  • He wrote dissenting opinions in notable cases such as Furman v.
  • Georgia, Bowers v.
  • Hardwick, and DeShaney v.
  • Winnebago County.

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