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President Ronald Reagan nominated Antonin Scalia to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986. After his appointment was affirmed unanimously in the U.S. Senate, he officially took his oath on September 26, 1986. At his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, he stated that his only agenda was to be a good judge.

Early Years

Antonin Scalia was born on March 11, 1936, in Trenton, New Jersey, the sole child of S. Eugene and Catherine Scalia. His father came to the United States from Sicily and was a professor of Romance languages. His mother, who was also of Italian heritage, was a teacher. Justice Scalia was the first justice of Italian American heritage and is a purveyor of the American dream.

Scalia attended a military prep school, St. ...

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