Potter Stewart

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Personal Information
Born 
Saturday, January 23, 1915
Died 
Saturday, December 7, 1985
Childhood Location 
Michigan
Childhood Surroundings 
Michigan
Religion 
Episcopalian
Ethnicity 
English
Father 
James G. Stewart
Father's Occupation 
Lawyer
Mother 
Harriet L. Potter
Family Status 
Upper
Position 
Associate Justice
Seat 
9
Nominated By 
Eisenhower
Commissioned on 
Tuesday, October 14, 1958
Sworn In 
Tuesday, October 14, 1958
Left Office 
Friday, July 3, 1981
Reason For Leaving 
Retired
Length of Service 
22 years, 8 months, 20 days
Home 
Ohio
Potter Stewart
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Biography 

Potter Stewart was the son of the Republican mayor of Cincinnati, so he was raised on politics. Though his background was ideologically conservative, Stewart was often cast as a centrist on the Court. Often he would vote with liberal justices on First Amendment issues and then side with conservative justices on matters of equal protection. Stewart will long be remembered for his concurrence in a pornography case, Jacobellis v. Ohio. Though he was unable to formulate a definition of pornography, he declared that "I know it when I see it." He went on to defend the movie in question against further censorship. This observation summarizes Stewart's judicial philosophy: particularistic, intuitive, and pragmatic.

Clerkships 
Clerk Law Schoolsort icon Terms Clerked
Curt Hessler Yale (1973) 1974
Judith A. Miller Yale (1975) 1976
Henry T. Greely Yale (1977) 1978
Eric B. Amstutz Yale (1978) 1979

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Potter Stewart. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 16 September 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/justices/potter_stewart?order=field_education_value&sort=asc&page=2>.
Potter Stewart, The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, http://www.oyez.org/justices/potter_stewart?order=field_education_value&sort=asc&page=2 (last visited September 16, 2014).
"Potter Stewart," The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, accessed September 16, 2014, http://www.oyez.org/justices/potter_stewart?order=field_education_value&sort=asc&page=2.