Samuel Alito Biography

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

Birthday: April 1, 1950 (Aries)

Born In: Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Samuel Alito is an American judge who has been serving as the associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since January 2006. A Yale law graduate, he was a prominent figure in the legal circuit since his university days. He later served the military and was discharged as a captain in 1980. After serving appellate judges, Alito became an assistant United States attorney of the district of New Jersey. He eventually became a district attorney and then the appellate justice for the Third Circuit in 1990. In his tenure spanning over a decade, Alito delivered several judgments based on his conservative legal theory, which became a subject of debate after President George W. Bush nominated him for the post of the associate justice of the Supreme Court. A special hearing was conducted for the nomination polls, which he ultimately won. Some of the landmark cases that Alito has judged are the McDonald v. Chicago case, the Murphy v. NCAA case, the Janus v. AFSCME case, and the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case.

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Also Known As: Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.

Age: 74 Years, 74 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Martha Bomgardner (m. 1985)

father: Samuel A. Alito Sr

mother: Rose Fradusco

siblings: Rosemary Alito

children: Laura Alito, Philip Alito

Born Country: United States

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Ancestry: Italian American

Notable Alumni: Woodrow Wilson School Of Public And International Affairs, Yale Law School

U.S. State: New Jersey

City: Trenton, New Jersey

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education: Yale University, Princeton University, Yale Law School, Woodrow Wilson School Of Public And International Affairs

Childhood & Early Life

Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. was born on April 1, 1950, in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S., to an Italian immigrant father, Samuel A. Alito, Sr., and an Italian–American mother, Rose Francisco. His father was a high-school teacher and then became the first director of the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services (1952 to 1984). His mother, too, worked as a schoolteacher.

Alito attended the Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. After completing his BA degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University in 1972, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1975. Alito chaired The Boundaries of Privacy in American Society in 1971 at Princeton.

While at Princeton, in 1970, Alito attended training for the Army ROTC program at Fort Knox, Kentucky. As mentioned in a job application, he was a member of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton that opposed the university's decision to admit women. However, Alito's involvement in the group is debatable.

Samuel Alito led the debate panel of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society while at Princeton. He was a member of Stevenson Hall.

In his senior year at Princeton, Alito went to Italy to write a thesis on the Italian legal system.

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Military Service

Samuel Alito was drafted as a commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, deployed to the United States Army Reserve. He started his active duty after graduating from Yale and continued until December 1975, after which he was mostly associated with the inactive Reserves.

Alito was honorably discharged as a captain in 1980.

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Samuel Alito served as an adjunct professor, teaching courses on constitutional law and a special course on terrorism and civil liberties at the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark from 1999 to 2004.

Being a conservative lawyer, he has represented the Federalist Society, a group strictly meant for libertarian lawyers that additionally serves as a platform for aspiring law students interested in conservatism.

Alito has also served as a visiting professor at the Duke University School of Law and has delivered lectures on current issues in constitutional interpretation. He has also taught a course under the Master of Laws in Judicial Studies program.

His lecture titled The Origin of the Baseball Antitrust Exemption, delivered during the 2008 Annual Lecture at the Supreme Court Historical Society, has been featured in two journals.

Awards & Honors

In 1995, the Seton Hall University School of Law honored Samuel Alito with the Saint Thomas More Medal.

On May 25, 2007, the school granted him an honorary law degree.

Personal Life

Samuel Alito has been married to Martha-Ann Bomgardner since 1985. Martha is a former law librarian. They have two children, Philip and Laura.

In 2013, former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice revealed that the agency had put Alito, his phones, staff, and family under surveillance in both 2002 and 2003.

An avid baseball fan, Alito supports the Philadelphia Phillies.

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