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Since its creation, the Supreme Court has handed down decisions that have shaped American history, from civil rights to election issues to most recently contraception (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.). To help celebrate the “court of last resort,” we thought we’d provide some not so widely known, but fun facts about the current Supreme Court justices.
Ruth Ginsburg – Growing up, Justice Ginsburg was actually a cheerleader. She also played the cello in the orchestra. Justice Ginsburg is known to continue to exercising even into her 80s.
Antonin Scalia – Justice Scalia grew up in Queens New York. He came from a large family and had over two dozen grandchildren. It is reported that he was the funniest of the Justices, which of course could be debated.
Elena Kagan – Born in 1960, Justice Kagan is the youngest of the current justices. She made history by becoming the first female dean of the Harvard Law School. Justice Kagan is also known to smoke cigars and play poker.
Clarence Thomas – Justice Thomas is perhaps one of the quietest Justices in the court room and is known to have a grumpy disposition. It is reported that Justice Thomas likes to travel the country in an RV.
Sonia Sotomayor – Justice Sotomayor grew up in a Puerto Rican household. When only eight years old, she found out she had diabetes, which has not stopped her from pursuing goals. When Justice Sotomayor turned 50 years old, she celebrated by learning how to salsa dance.
Samuel Alito Jr. – Justice Alito graduated from Yale Law School and served in the Army for three months. Alito is known to be a big Philadelphia Phillies fan.
Anthony Kennedy – Justice Kennedy has reportedly spent time working in many different countries including China, England and Austria. One summer break in college, Justice Kennedy drove throughout Europe in a red Volkswagen.
John Roberts Jr. – Justice Roberts was very active in athletics growing up and was captain of the football team. He also participated in choir and played a role in the play You’re a good Man, Charlie Brown. It is reported that Justice Roberts met his wife (an attorney) on a blind date.
Stephen Breyer – Born in San Francisco, Justice Breyer attended Lowell High School. In 1967, he married a Joanna Freda Hare who was a member of the British aristocracy.
To read more about these facts and discover new fun tidbits about our Supreme Court Justices please check out this resource (http://blogs.kqed.org/pop/2013/06/20/little-known-facts-about-supreme-court-justices-prop8-doma-scalia-ginsburg/)
Photo Credit: http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/members.aspx
This is really interesting. I never really stopped to think of the Supreme Court Justices as people acting outside of the scope of the Court!
Hi Rachel - I'm glad you liked the article. It really does shed a different light on the Justices. Thanks for reading!