Justice John Paul Stevens was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 20th, 1920, the youngest child in his family. He grew up in a house next to the University of Chicago. In college he worked on the school newspaper and joined a fraternity. After college Justice Stevens joined the Navy. He earned a bronze star for his work as part of a code-breaking team. Justice Stevens became a Supreme Court Justice December 19th, 1975. Justice Stevens retired in June 2010 as the third longest serving justice in the Court's history. In May 2010, President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to succeed Stevens.
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