William O. Douglas (1898–1980) was one of the most famous justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who was known for his dissents and his liberal and libertarian perspectives. He was also the longest-sitting justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, serving for over 36 years.

Formative Years

Douglas was born in Minnesota on October 16, 1898. His father was a minister. His family resided in several different places before settling in Washington. Douglas's family was not wealthy, and he had to work at odd jobs. He won a scholarship that allowed him to attend ...

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