Sandra Day O'Connor

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Sandra Day O'Connor
91st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
In office
September 21, 1981 – January 31, 2006
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Potter Stewart
Succeeded by Samuel Alito
23rd Chancellor of The College of William & Mary
In office
April 7, 2006 – February 3, 2012
Preceded by Henry Kissinger
Succeeded by Robert Gates
Personal details
Born Sandra Day
March 26, 1930 (1930-03-26) (age 84)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John O'Connor (1952–2009)
Children 3
Alma mater Stanford University
Religion Episcopal
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Sandra Day O'Connor (born March 26, 1930) is a retired justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was the first woman to serve as justice on the Supreme Court, as well as the first from Arizona.

One of her ideas on the Supreme Court was the endorsement test. It was a way to check if the government was supporting religion.

On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Barack Obama.

She has a school named after her in North Phoenix, Arizona.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Potter Stewart
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
1981–2006
Succeeded by
Samuel Alito
Order of Precedence of the United States of America
Preceded by
John Paul Stevens
as Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Succeeded by
David Souter
as Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court