Byron R. White

White, Byron Raymond

Byron Raymond White, 1917–2002, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1962–93), b. Fort Collins, Colo. An All-America football player nicknamed "Whizzer" who later starred as a professional, White was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa at the Univ. of Colorado, from which he graduated as valedictorian in 1938. He then went to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar (1939–40), and received his law degree at Yale in 1946 after serving in the navy in World War II. White served (1946–47) as law clerk for Chief Justice Frederick Vinson before going to Denver to practice corporate law. He supported John F. Kennedy for the presidency in 1960, and was appointed deputy attorney general in 1961. In 1962, Kennedy named him to succeed Charles E. Whittaker on the Supreme Court. After President Nixon's conservative appointments to the court, White became known as a "swing" justice, generally voting with the liberals on civil-rights cases, but with the conservatives on personal liberty and criminal-justice issues. He was one of two justices to dissent from the Roe v. Wade (1973) abortion decision, and in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986) he wrote a decision that upheld Georgia's sodomy statutes. White retired from the Court in 1993.

See D. J. Hutchinson, The Man Who Once Was Whizzer White (1998).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions
Leon Friedman; Fred L. Israel.
Chelsea House, vol.4, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Byron R. White"
Stewards of Democracy: Law as a Public Profession
Paul D. Carrington.
Westview Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 23 "Byron White, Outcast Justice"
Justice White and the Virtues of Modesty
Frederick, David C.
Stanford Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, October 2002
Justice White and the Law
Stith, Kate.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 112, No. 5, March 2003
Justice Byron White and Separation of Powers
Auld, L. Patrick.
Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring 1998
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The Jurisprudence of Justice Byron White
Ides, Allan.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 103, No. 2, November 1993
Justices and Presidents: A Political History of Appointments to the Supreme Court
Henry J. Abraham.
Oxford University Press, 1992 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Byron R. White begins on p. 278
Western Justice
Collins, Richard B.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 112, No. 5, March 2003
A Tribute to Byron White
Tagliabue, Paul.
The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 112, No. 5, March 2003
Justice Byron R. White: The Legend and the Man
Ebel, David M.
Stanford Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, October 2002
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