William O. Douglas
|Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States|
April 17, 1939 – November 12, 1975
|Nominated by||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||Louis Brandeis|
|Succeeded by||John Paul Stevens|
|3rd Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission|
August 17, 1937 – April 15, 1939
|President||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||James Landis|
|Succeeded by||Jerome Frank|
William Orville Douglas
October 16, 1898
Maine Township, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||January 19, 1980 (aged 81)|
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
|Education||Whitman College (BA)|
Columbia University (LLB)
William Orville Douglas (October 16, 1898 – January 19, 1980) was an American jurist and politician who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1939 until 1975. He was known for his strong progressive views. He is seen as the Supreme Court's most liberal justice ever, and supported expanding individual rights on a number of fields. So far, he served the longest time of any justice, and wrote the most opinions.
Finally, Douglas was forced to retire in 1975 after a severe stroke. He was previously a politician for the Democratic party and several influential liberals wanted him for vice president alongside Franklin D. Roosevelt for the 1944 presidential elections.
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- "Members of the Supreme Court of the United States". Supreme Court of the United States. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- Martin, Andrew D. "Martin-Quinn Scores".