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William Douglas

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William Douglas
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   Franklin D. Roosevelt
Active:   4/15/1939 - 11/12/1975
Senior:   11/12/1975 - 1/19/1980
Preceded by:   Louis Dembitz Brandeis
Succeeded by:   John Paul Stevens
Personal History
Born:   October 16, 1898
Hometown:   Maine, MN
Deceased:   January 19, 1980
Undergraduate:   Whitman College, A.B., 1920
Law School:   Columbia Law, LL.B., 1925

William Orville Douglas (1898-1980) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1939 after a nomination from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On November 12, 1975, Douglas assumed senior status and continued to serve in this capacity until his death on January 19, 1980. Prior to joining the court, Douglas was the chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.[1]

Douglas was one of nine justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Roosevelt. He served during The Hughes Court, The Stone Court, The Vinson Court, The Warren Court and The Burger Court.[2]


Douglas received his undergraduate degree from Whitman College in 1920 and his LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1925.[1]

Professional career

  • 1937-1939: Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1936-1939: Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1934-1936: Director, Securities and Exchange Commission Protective Study Committee
  • 1928-1936: Sterling professor of law, Yale Law School
  • 1926-1928: Assistant professor of law, Columbia Law School
  • 1925-1926: Attorney in private practice, New York City[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Douglas was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 20, 1939 to replace Justice Louis Brandeis. He was confirmed by the Senate on April 4th, and received commission on April 15, 1939. On November 12, 1975, Douglas assumed senior status and continued to serve in this capacity until his death on January 19, 1980.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice John Paul Stevens.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Louis Dembitz Brandeis
Supreme Court
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
John Paul Stevens