Lewis Powell

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Lewis Powell
US Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell - 1976 official portrait.jpg
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #2
Service:
Appointed by:   Richard Nixon
Active:   12/9/1971 - 6/26/1987
Senior:   6/26/1987 - 8/25/1998
Preceded by:   Hugo Black
Succeeded by:   Anthony Kennedy
Personal History
Born:   September 19, 1907
Hometown:   Suffolk, VA
Deceased:   August 25, 1998
Undergraduate:   Washington and Lee U., B.S., 1929
Law School:   Washington and Lee U. Law, LL.B., 1931
Grad. School:   Harvard Law, LL.M., 1932
Military service:   U.S. Army Air Corps, 1942-1946

Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. (b September 19, 1907 d. August 25, 1998) was a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1971 after a nomination by President Richard Nixon. He assumed senior status on June 26, 1987 and served until his death on August 25, 1998. Prior to joining the court, Powell was a private practice attorney in Virginia.[1]

Powell was one of six justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Nixon, though only one of four confirmed. Powell served during The Burger Court and The Rehnquist Court.[2]

Early life and education

Powell received a B.S. degree from Washington and Lee University in 1929. He received a LL.B. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1931 and a LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1932.[1]

Military service

  • U.S. Army Air Corps, 1942-1946[1]

Professional career

Powell spent the majority of his career in private practice in Richmond, Virginia. He also spent nine years as Chairman of the Richmond Public School Board.[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Powell was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Richard M. Nixon on October 22, 1971, to a seat vacated by Justice Hugo Black. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 6, 1971, and received commission on December 9, 1971. He assumed senior status on June 26, 1987 and served until his death on August 25, 1998.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Hugo Black
Supreme Court
1971–1987
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Anthony Kennedy