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William O. Douglas
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The Court years, 1939-1975: the autobiography of William O. Douglas (1980), p. 3.
William O. Douglas
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Nature's justice: writings of William O. Douglas (2000 edition), Oregon State Univ Pr


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Born: October 16, 1898

Died: January 19, 1980 (aged 81)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Judge

Bio: William Orville Douglas was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. With a term lasting 36 years and 209 days, he is the longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court. In 1975, a Time article called Douglas the most doctrinaire and committed civil libertarian ever to sit on the court.

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