William Joseph Brennan

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Brennan, William Joseph, Jr.,

1906–97, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1956–90), b. Newark, N.J. After receiving his law degree from Harvard, he practiced law in Newark. He served as a New Jersey superior court judge (1949–50), appellate division judge (1950–52), and state supreme court justice (1952–56). In 1956 President EisenhowerEisenhower, Dwight David
, 1890–1969, American general and 34th President of the United States, b. Denison, Tex.; his nickname was "Ike." Early Career

When he was two years old, his family moved to Abilene, Kans., where he was reared.
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 appointed him to succeed Sherman Minton on the Supreme Court. Brennan became noted as a supporter of individual liberties and guarantees of justice to the poor and as an effective deal-maker and strategist in the Warren court. In the last two decades of his long service, he was a liberal stalwart among increasingly conservative colleagues; many of his 1,360 opinions were dissents.


See biography by S. Stern and S. Wermiel (2010).

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Clark recounts how Brennan's parents came to this country from County Roscommon, Ireland, at the end of the 19th century, settling in New Jersey, and how his father, William Joseph Brennan Sr., a labor leader, eventually became a political figure in Newark.