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Blackmun, Harry Andrew

(blăk`mən), 1908–99, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1970–94), b. Nashville, Ill. Educated at Harvard, he practiced law privately, was general counsel to the Mayo Clinic (1950–59), then became a federal circuit court judge. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President NixonNixon, Richard Milhous,
1913–94, 37th President of the United States (1969–74), b. Yorba Linda, Calif. Political Career to 1968

A graduate of Whittier College and Duke law school, he practiced law in Whittier, Calif.
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. Blackmun was initially allied with the conservatives on the court, including his boyhood friend Warren BurgerBurger, Warren Earl,
1907–95, American jurist, 15th chief justice of the United States (1969–86), b. St. Paul, Minn. After receiving his law degree in 1931 from St.
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, but is best known for his 1973 majority opinion in Roe v. WadeRoe v. Wade,
case decided in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Along with Doe v. Bolton, this decision legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy.
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, legalizing abortion. By the 1980s he tended toward a liberal view in most areas, particularly civil-rights cases.


See L. Greenhouse, Becoming Justice Blackmun (2005).

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Former counsel to the Mayo Clinic Harry Blackmun felt this worry most keenly.
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In Roe, Justice Harry Blackmun showed sympathy for the plight of women but also a profound paternalistic disrespect for the very people he was trying to help.
An additional editorial run-through would have eliminated many typographical errors and would have caught mistakes like the attribution of a question in a 2000 oral argument to Justice Harry Blackmun, who retired in 1994 and died in 1999.
The book is based on a large collection of childhood diaries, correspondence, internal Court memos, and drafts of opinions by Harry Blackmun, obtained by the author, Linda Greenhouse, during her tenure as a Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times.
For example, in reference to the "contrariety of tax and financial accounting," King reminds us that Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, best known for writing the Roe v.