Anthony Kennedy Biography

(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)

Birthday: July 23, 1936 (Leo)

Born In: Sacramento, California, United States

Anthony McLeod Kennedy is a retired American lawyer and jurist who served as Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for over a decade and then as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for over three decades. Anthony followed footsteps of his attorney father and graduated from Harvard Law School. After his father died, Anthony took over his father's legal practice in Sacramento and was eventually nominated as Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by the then US President Gerald Ford in 1975. Later President Ronald Reagan nominated Anthony as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in November 1987. He became Senior Associate Justice of the Court in February 2016 and served the position till he retired in July 2018. He remained swing vote on several of the Roberts Court's 5–4 decisions following retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor in 2006. Anthony co-authored plurality opinion in the landmark Supreme Court case ‘Planned Parenthood v. Casey’, and authored the majority opinion in different other significant cases like ‘Citizens United v. FEC’ and ‘Boumediene v. Bush’.

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Also Known As: Anthony McLeod Kennedy

Age: 87 Years, 87 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Mary Davis (m. 1963)

father: Anthony J. Kennedy

mother: Gladys McLeod Kennedy

children: Gregory Davis Kennedy, Justin Anthony Kennedy, Kristin Marie Kennedy

Born Country: United States

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U.S. State: California

City: Sacramento

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education: Stanford University, London School of Economics, Harvard Law School

awards: Great Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award

Childhood & Early Life

Anthony McLeod Kennedy was born on July 23, 1936, in Sacramento, California, US, in the Irish Catholic family of attorney Anthony J. Kennedy, and Gladys (née McLeod). His father was reputed for influence in the California State Legislature and his mother used to take part in different local civic activities. His father’s occupation led the boy to meet several prominent politicians of those times including the then California Governor Earl Warren who later became Chief Justice of the United States.

Anthony Kennedy served as a page in the California State Senate at a young age. He graduated as an honours student from C. K. McClatchy High School in 1954. He then attended Stanford University where he became interested in constitutional law. He spent his senior year at the London School of Economics. In 1958, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Thereafter he graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School earning a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1961.

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Family & Personal Life

Anthony married Mary Jeanne Davis on June 23, 1963. Together they have three children - Justin, Gregory, and Kristin. Justin served as global head of real estate capital markets of Deutsche Bank for some time.

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