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Statue / monument of William O. Douglas in Washington DC by Sculptor  Unknown  Subject: William O. Douglas
 Year: 1974
 Sculptor:  Unknown
 Location: Georgetown
( 30th Street & Canal )

William O. Douglas (1898-1980) served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court for longer than anyone else in history (39 years). Prior to his appointment to the Court, he served on the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As a young man, Douglas contracted polio and hiked in the woods as therapy. In the 1970s, the Washington Post proposed closing down the C & O Canal. Douglas protested by inviting reporters to hike the 184.5-mile length of the Canal with him. The attendant publicity saved the Canal.

Douglas was one of the most controversial justices in the history of the Court and was often threatened with impeachment by a conservative Senate. His lifestyle came under criticism when he married for the fourth time since he was in his 70s and his new bride was in her 20s.

Douglas is buried in Section 5 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Photos and text copyright © 2001 Jean K. Rosales and Michael R. Jobe, All Rights Reserved

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