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Sandra Day O'Connor

1930 - Present

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First Woman appointed to the Supreme Court

Sandra Day was born in El Paso Texas. She grew up on a ranch in Arizona.

Sandra Day married John Jay O'Connor III and had three sons.

Sandra O'Connor studied law and became an Deputy County Attorney in California. Later, she was a lawyer in Germany and then in Phoenix.

Sandra O'Connor was elected judge of a county court, and then was appointed to the Appeals Court in Arizona.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan chose her to become the first woman on the US Supreme Court.

Sandra O'Connor decided each case on it's own merits instead of on its political consequences.

In 2005 Sandra O'Connor retired from the Supreme Court.

Sandra O'Connor is now a Chancellor of the College of William and Mary.

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Page created June 8, 2007. Anne Pemberton. Updated Sat, Feb 11, 2012. AP.