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Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

Lewis F. Powell, Jr.AKA Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.

Born: 19-Sep-1907
Birthplace: Suffolk, VA
Died: 25-Aug-1998
Location of death: Richmond, VA
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA

Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Judge
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Supreme Court Justice, 1972-87

Military service: US Army (WWII, Europe and North Africa, Col.)

Author of the Powell Memorandum, whose proper title was "Attack on American Free Enterprise System." Written in August 1971, the secret position paper urged the US Chamber of Commerce to aggressively fight back against the propagandists working to undermine the American economic system: Communists, leftist intellectuals, and Ralph Nader. Powell proposed that the Chamber of Commerce devote unprecedented sums of money to establish pro-business think tanks, in order to provide a countervailing force against their Marxist foes. His recommendations were adopted. Two months later, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Powell for the Supreme Court.

Father: Lewis F. Powell, Sr.
Mother: Mary Lewis Gwathmey
Sister: Eleanor Gwathmey Powell (b. 31-Jul-1909)
Brother: Angus (twin, b. 20-Mar-1914, d. 1979)
Sister: Zoe (twin, b. 20-Mar-1914)
Wife: Josephine Pierce Rucker (m. 1936, d. 24-Jul-1996, three daughters, one son)
Daughter: Josephine McRae Smith ("Jody", b. 1-Jul-1938)
Daughter: Ann Pendleton Bowen ("Penny", b. 19-Sep-1940)
Daughter: Mary Lewis Gwathmey Sumner (b. 1-Jul-1947)
Son: Lewis F. Powell III (b. 14-Sep-1952)

    High School: McGuire's University School, Richmond, VA (1925)
    University: BS Commerce, Washington and Lee University (1929)
    Law School: LLB, Washington and Lee University (1931)
    University: LLM, Harvard Law School (1932)
    Teacher: Economics, University of Richmond (1938-41)
    Trustee: Union Theological Seminary
    Trustee: Washington and Lee University

    US Supreme Court Justice 7-Jan-1972 to 26-Jun-1987 (resigned)
    Virginia State Official Board of Education (1961-69)
    Member of the Board of Philip Morris 1963-71
    Member of the Board of Squibb Mar-1946
    Hunton, Williams, Anderson, Gay & Moore 1935
    Christian, Barton & Parker 1932-35
    Alfalfa Club
    American Bar Association President (1964-65)
    American Bar Foundation President (1969-71)
    American College of Trial Lawyers President (1969-70)
    American Law Institute
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Trustee
    Society of Colonial Wars
    Tobacco Institute
    Virginia Bar Association 1931
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Phi Kappa Sigma
    Bronze Star
    Croix de Guerre
    Legion of Merit
    Appendectomy 1924
    Traveled to the USSR 1958
    Prostate Surgery Jan-1985
    Hernia Operation Jul-1985
    Risk Factors: Appendicitis, Pacemaker


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