Sandra Day O'Connor facts for kids
Sandra Day O'Connor
|91st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States|
September 21, 1981 – January 31, 2006
|Nominated by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Potter Stewart|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Alito|
|23rd Chancellor of The College of William & Mary|
April 7, 2006 – February 3, 2012
|Preceded by||Henry Kissinger|
|Succeeded by||Robert Gates|
March 26, 1930
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||John O'Connor (1952–2009)|
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
Sandra Day O'Connor (born March 26, 1930) is a retired justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was the first woman to serve as justice on the Supreme Court, as well as the first from Arizona.
One of her ideas on the Supreme Court was the endorsement test. It was a way to check if the government was supporting religion.
O'Connor was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan. Reagan said while running for president that he wanted a woman to be on the supreme court and promised to nominate a woman for the job the first chance he got. One of her biggest supporters was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who helped make sure that all 100 Senators voted to confirm her. While on the Supreme Court, she was involved in several major supreme court decisions including: Bush v. Gore, which had to do with a disputed election; Planned Parenthood v. Casey which involved a woman's right to privacy, and Lawrence v. Texas, a case about whether burning a US flag was free speech. She retired from the court in 2006. Sam Alito was chosen to replace her. On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor of the United States, by President Barack Obama.
She has a school named after her in North Phoenix, Arizona.
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Justice O'Connor and her husband John O'Connor with President George W. Bush in May 2004.
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