Justice Stevens And The Record Books

Regarding my Monday post about the potential/likely retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Rose Patrick of Columbus, Ohio has this question:

Where does Stevens stand in terms of the oldest justice ever and length of service?

Stevens, who turns 90 on April 20, is the second oldest in history; Oliver Wendell Holmes was 90 years and 10 months old when he resigned from the court on Jan. 12, 1932. He died three years later. Stevens would break that record if he serves beyond Feb. 23, 2011.

Appointed in 1975, Stevens is also the fourth-longest serving justice in history. Leading that list is William O. Douglas, who spent 36 years and 209 days on the court. Stevens would have to stay on the bench beyond July 15, 2012 to break that record.

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