Byron White

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Byron White
US Supreme Court Justice Byron White - 1976 official portrait.jpg
Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Appointed by:   John F. Kennedy
Active:   1962-1993
Succeeded by:   Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Personal History
Born:   June 8, 1917
Hometown:   Colorado
Deceased:   April 15, 2002
Undergraduate:   University of Colorado at Boulder, 1934
Law School:   Yale Law School, 1946
Military service:   U.S. Navy

Byron Raymond White (1917-2002) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was nominated by President John F. Kennedy in April 1962. He took on senior status in June 1993.[1][2]

White was one of two justices nominated to the court by President Kennedy. White served during The Warren Court, The Burger Court and The Rehnquist Court.


White received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1938 and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. White started at Yale Law School, but left to join the United States Navy during World War II. White later resumed his studies at Yale, receiving his LL.B. in 1946.[1][2]

Professional career

  • 1962-2002: Justice, United States Supreme Court
  • 1961-1962: Deputy Attorney General of the United States, appointed by President Kennedy
  • 1947-1961: Attorney in private practice, Colorado
  • 1946-1947: Law clerk for Chief Justice Fred Vinson[1][2]

Federal judicial career

Byron White was nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President John F. Kennedy on April 3, 1962. He was confirmed by the Senate on April 11, 1962, and received his commission on April 12, 1962. White assumed senior status on June 28, 1993. White's service ended with his death on April 15, 2002.[1]

Notable cases

Author: Byron R. White

Vote Count: 5-4

Majority Justices: Rehnquist, O'Connor

Concurring Justices: Burger, Powell

Dissenting Justices: Brennan, Marshall, Blackmun, Stevens

Constitution does not protect sodomy (1986)

A Georgia police officer saw Michael Hardwick engaging in consensual sexual relations in the bedroom of his home, leading to an arrest on charges of sodomy. Sodomy was regulated in at least twenty-four states at that time. On June 30, 1986, the Court determined that the Constitution did not afford protection for sodomy and that states had the right to make laws against it.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Charles Whittaker
Supreme Court
Succeeded by:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg