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Harry Andrew Blackmun (November 12, 1908 – March 4, 1999) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1970 until 1994. Appointed by Republican President Richard Nixon, Blackmun ultimately became one of the most liberal justices on the Court. He is best known as the author of the Court's opinion in Roe v. Wade, which prohibits many state and federal restrictions on abortion.

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Harry Blackmun
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Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
In office
June 9, 1970 – August 3, 1994
Nominated by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Abe Fortas
Succeeded by Stephen Breyer
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
September 21, 1959 – June 8, 1970
Nominated by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by John B. Sanborn, Jr.
Succeeded by Donald Roe Ross
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Harry Andrew Blackmun

(1908-11-12)November 12, 1908
Nashville, Illinois, United States
Died March 4, 1999(1999-03-04) (aged 90)
Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Alma mater Harvard College (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (L.L.B.)

Blackmun was born on November 12, 1908 in Nashville, Illinois. He was a Methodist. Blackmun studied at Harvard College, at Harvard Law School. Blackmun was never married. He had no children. Blackmun died on March 4, 1999 in Arlington County, Virginia from natural causes, aged 90.

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