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
Martin S. Flaherty Columbia (1988) 1990
Michael E. Herz Chicago (1982) 1983, 1984
Natalie Wexler Penn (1983) 1984
Neil M. Gorsuch Harvard (1991) 1993
Nicholas J. Spaeth Stanford (1977) 1978
Palma J. Strand Stanford (1984) 1985
Paul W. Kahn Yale (1980) 1980, 1981
Peter J. Kalis Yale (1978) 1979
Philip Soper Harvard (1969) 1969
Pierce O'Donnell Georgetown (1972) 1973
R. George Crawford Harvard () 1968
Rex E. Lee Chicago (1963) 1963
Rhesa H. Barksdale Mississippi (1972) 1972
Richard A. Cordray Chicago (1986) 1987
Richard H. Sayler Michigan (1969) 1969

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