Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980

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Birth 1898-10-16
Death 1980-01-19
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Biographical notes:

Associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and professor of law.

From the description of William O. Douglas papers, 1801-1980 (bulk 1923-1975). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71068743

William O. Douglas was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. His nearly thirty-seven year tenure as a Supreme Court justice was the longest in the history of the court.

From the guide to the William O. Douglas oral history interviews, 1961-1963, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

Biographical Note

  • 1898, Oct. 16: Born, Maine, Minn.
  • 1904: Family moved to Yakima, Wash.
  • 1920: Received A. B. degree from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
  • 1920 - 1922 : Teacher, Yakima High School, Yakima, Wash.
  • 1923: Married Mildred Riddle (divorced 1953)
  • 1925: Received LL. B., Columbia University School of Law, New York, N.Y.
  • 1925 - 1927 : Associated with law firm of Cravath, De Gersdorff, Swaine and Wood, New York, N.Y.
  • 1925 - 1928 : Member of faculty, Columbia University School of Law, New York, N.Y.
  • 1928 - 1936 : Professor, Yale Law School, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1929 - 1932 : Conducted various bankruptcy studies for U.S. Department of Commerce, Yale Law School, and Yale Institute of Human Relations
  • 1934 - 1936 : Director, Protective Committee Study, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1936 - 1937 : Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1937 - 1939 : Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1939 - 1975 : Associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1954: Married Mercedes Davidson (divorced 1963)
  • 1963: Married Joan Martin (divorced 1966)
  • 1966: Married Cathleen Heffernan
  • 1975: Retired from U. S. Supreme Court
  • 1980, Jan. 19: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the William O. Douglas Papers, 1801-1980, (bulk 1923-1975), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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