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Who is this person?
Yesterday, 03:33 PM (This post was last modified: Yesterday 04:07 PM by David Lockmiller.)
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(Yesterday 02:30 PM)J. Beckert Wrote:  David Davis?

Not David Davis. This person served in portions of the last two centuries only, but he lived almost the length of a full century.

Next clue: This person was confirmed as an an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court by a 98-0 vote of the United States Senate.

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Today, 02:04 AM
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To answer this trivia question, one would have know much more about the history of the Supreme Court than that of Abraham Lincoln. There was only one-way connection in history between the two great men.

The man who I consider to be one of the greatest justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court is Justice John Paul Stevens.

In researching the history of Justice Stevens in Wikipedia, I came across today a relevant story that hopefully portends history. The story reads:

On January 20, 2009, Stevens administered the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden at Biden's request. It is customary for the vice president to be inaugurated by the person of their choice.

On April 9, 2010, Stevens announced his intention to retire from the Supreme Court; he subsequently retired on June 29 of that year. Stevens said that his decision to retire from the Court was initially triggered when he stumbled on several sentences when delivering his oral dissent in the 2010 landmark case Citizens United v. FEC. Stevens said "I took that as a warning sign that maybe I've been around longer than I should."

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