Byron R. White

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Personal Information
Born 
Friday, June 8, 1917
Died 
Monday, April 15, 2002
Childhood Location 
Colorado
Childhood Surroundings 
Colorado
Religion 
Episcopalian
Ethnicity 
English
Father 
Alpha A. White
Father's Occupation 
Lumber company manager
Mother 
Maude Burger
Family Status 
Middle
Position 
Associate Justice
Seat 
7
Nominated By 
Kennedy
Commissioned on 
Thursday, April 12, 1962
Sworn In 
Monday, April 16, 1962
Left Office 
Monday, June 28, 1993
Reason For Leaving 
Retired
Length of Service 
31 years, 2 months, 12 days
Home 
Colorado
Byron R. White
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Biography 

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.

Clerkships 
Clerk Law School Terms Clerked
Paul W. Kahn Yale (1980) 1980, 1981
Thomas B. Metzloff Harvard (1979) 1980
Andrea L. Peterson Berkeley (1978) 1980
Benna R. Solomon Georgia (1978) 1979
Robert V. Percival Stanford (1978) 1979
Peter J. Kalis Yale (1978) 1979
Geoffrey P. Miller Columbia (1978) 1979
Kate Stith Harvard (1977) 1978
David J. Burman Georgetown (1977) 1978
Gary Sasso Penn (1977) 1978
Nicholas J. Spaeth Stanford (1977) 1978
S. Elizabeth Gibson North Carolina (1976) 1977
Thomas J. Campbell Harvard (1976) 1977
Charles G. Cole Harvard (1976) 1977
Jeffrey Glekel Yale (1972) 1977

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