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.

Clerksort icon Law School Terms Clerked
Richard H. Stern Yale (LLB) (1959) 1962
Richard J. Danzig Yale (1971) 1971
Richard L. Hoffman Columbia 1972
Richard Werder Michigan (1982) 1983
Robert B. Barnett Chicago (1971) 1972
Robert V. Percival Stanford (1978) 1979
Robert W. Loewen USC (1975) 1976
Ronald A. Klain Harvard (1987) 1987
Ronald L. Blanc NYU (LLB) (1962) 1962
S. Elizabeth Gibson North Carolina (1976) 1977
Stephen A. Higginson Yale (1983) 1984
Stephen R. McAllister Kansas (1988) 1989
Stuart H. Singer Harvard (1981) 1981
Thomas B. Metzloff Harvard (1979) 1980
Thomas J. Campbell Harvard (1976) 1977

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