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Award for Justice John Paul Stevens

Award for Justice John Paul Stevens

In April 2008 the Illinois State Society of Washington presented a Lifetime Public Service Award to Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens. Stevens was born and raised in Illinois and graduated from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Law School. From left to right: Society president John Buscher, Anna Buscher, Justice John Paul Stevens, Past President of the Northwestern University Alumni Club of Washington, DC Bill Horin, and President of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of DC Michael Bloom. The other three Supreme Court Associate Justices from Illinois were David Davis, a fiend of Lincoln from 1862 to 1877, Melville Fuller who served from 1888 to 1910, and Arthur Goldberg who only served three years from 1962 to 1965 before he left the Court to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Stevens was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and served 35 years to his retirement in 2010. In about 1928, the father of John Paul Stevens built the massive Stevens Hotel, later called the Conrad Hilton Hotel at 720 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago. His father also owned the LaSalle Hotel and his uncle founded the Chas. A. Stevens Dept. Store chain. During his interesting life, Stevens recalls being present in the stands at Wrigley Field for Game 3 of the 1932 World Series when Babe Ruth called his shot and hit a home run to center field. As a member of Naval Intelligence during World War II, Stevens helped to break a Japanese code that led to American planes shooting down the personal plane of Admiral Yamamoto who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The greatest contribution that Stevens made to the Illinois justice system before he was named to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1975 was to supervise the investigation of corruption on the Illinois Supreme Court that led to removial of two state justices.

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