Associate Justice John Paul Stevens was born in Chicago, Illinois, April 20, 1920. He married Maryan Mulholland, and has four children — John Joseph (deceased), Kathryn, Elizabeth Jane and Susan Roberta.
• Received an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
• Served in the United States Navy from 1942–1945.
• Was a law clerk to Justice Wiley Rutledge of the Supreme Court during the 1947 term.
• Admitted to law practice in Illinois in 1949.
• Was associate counsel to the Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1951–1952
• Served as a member of the attorney general’s National Committee to Study Antitrust Law, 1953–1955.
• Was second vice president of the Chicago Bar Association in 1970.
• From 1970–1975, he served as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
• President Ford nominated him as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat December 19, 1975.