Byron R. White

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Personal Information
Friday, June 8, 1917
Monday, April 15, 2002
Childhood Location 
Childhood Surroundings 
Alpha A. White
Father's Occupation 
Lumber company manager
Maude Burger
Family Status 
Associate Justice
Nominated By 
Commissioned on 
Thursday, April 12, 1962
Sworn In 
Monday, April 16, 1962
Left Office 
Monday, June 28, 1993
Reason For Leaving 
Length of Service 
31 years, 2 months, 12 days
Byron R. White
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Byron White was born and raised in Colorado. He attended the University of Colorado on a scholarship. He graduated first in his class and held varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. "Whizzer" White played professional football for a year with the Pittsburgh Pirates football team.

White won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and then returned to the United States to complete a law degree at Yale. He combined his law classes with football, playing for the Detroit Lions. Upon graduation from Yale, White clerked for Chief Justice Fred Vinson. Thereafter, White returned to Colorado and engaged in private law practice.

White organized the Colorado presidential campaign for John F. Kennedy. Kennedy appointed White deputy attorney general in 1961. A year later, Kennedy selected White for a position on the Supreme Court.

White acquired a reputation for moderation during the heyday of Warren Court liberalism and egalitarianism. Though the membership of the Court has shifted in White's direction, he has not managed to articulate a comprehensive philosophy and lead his fellow justices.

Clerk Law Schoolsort icon Terms Clerked
Kingsley R. Browne Denver (1982) 1983
J. Brett Busby Columbia (1998) 1999
Benjamin A. Powell Columbia (1996) 1997
Martin S. Flaherty Columbia (1988) 1990
Geoffrey P. Miller Columbia (1978) 1979
Dale S. Collinson Columbia () 1964, 1965
Richard L. Hoffman Columbia 1972
James E. Scarboro Colorado (1970) 1971
Jonathan C. Bunge Chicago (1988) 1989
Richard A. Cordray Chicago (1986) 1987
Michael E. Herz Chicago (1982) 1983, 1984
Hal S. Scott Chicago (1972) 1973
Robert B. Barnett Chicago (1971) 1972
Rex E. Lee Chicago (1963) 1963
Kevin J. Worthen BYU (1982) 1983

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