John Paul Stevens

official photo of John Paul Stevens c. 2006, Steve Petteway, photographer for the US Supreme Court

Date of Birth: April 20, 1920

Place of Birth: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

Date of Death: July 16, 2019

Place of Death: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, small amount of Dutch

John Paul Stevens was an American lawyer and jurist. He served as Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, from November 2, 1970 to December 19, 1975, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from December 19, 1975 to June 29, 2010. At the time of his retirement, he was the second oldest-serving Justice, and the third longest-serving Justice, in court history.

Justice Stevens was the son of Elizabeth Maude (Street), a high school teacher, and Ernest James Stevens, a lawyer, who owned the hotels La Salle and the Stevens Hotel. He was raised in Hyde Park, Chicago.

Justice Stevens was married to Maryan Mulholland Simon, until her death. He had four children with his former wife Elizabeth Jane Sheeren.

Justice Stevens’s paternal grandfather was James William Stevens (the son of Socrates Stevens and Amanda Jane Stevens). Justice Stevens’s grandfather James was born in Illinois. He founded the Illinois Life Insurance Co. Justice Stevens’s great-uncle owned the Chas A. Stevens department store and catalog business. Socrates was the son of James Stevens. Amanda was the daughter of William Dawson Stevens.

Justice Stevens’s paternal grandmother was Jessie/Jesse L. Smith (the daughter of Albert Joseph Smith and Frances Augusta Cuyler). Justice Stevens’s grandmother Jessie was born in Vermont. Albert was Canadian. Frances was the daughter of Charles Henry Cuyler and Louisa Field.

Justice Stevens’s maternal grandfather was Richard Willison Street (the son of Richard Street and Elizabeth Robertson). Justice Stevens’s grandfather Richard was born in Wisconsin. Justice Stevens’s great-grandfather Richard was born in Scotland, to English parents. Elizabeth was Scottish, and was born in Kippen, Stirlingshire.

Justice Stevens’s maternal grandmother was Helen Ellen/Elizabeth Cass (the daughter of Milo B. Cass and Julia Elmina Roberts). Helen was born in Illinois. Milo was the son of Moses R. Cass and Elizabeth Mott. Julia was the daughter of Lewis Roberts.

Sources: Genealogies of Justice John Paul Stevens –

Genealogy of Justice John Paul Stevens (focusing on his father’s side) –

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