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U.S. Supreme Court
Samuel Alito Jr.
Princeton NJ — University alumnus Samuel Alito Jr. has been nominated by President Bush to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alito earned an A.B. in 1972 from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Since 1990, he has been a judge for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in Philadelphia.
If confirmed by the Senate, Alito would be the ninth Princetonian to serve on the Supreme Court. Other Princeton graduates who have been on the court and the dates of their service are:
• William Paterson, a member of the class of 1763, from 1793 to 1806.
• Oliver Ellsworth, a member of the class of 1766, from 1796 to 1800 (served as chief justice).
• William Johnson Jr., a member of the class of 1790, from 1804 to 1834.
• (Henry) Brockholst Livingston, a member of the class of 1774, from 1806 to 1823.
• Smith Thompson, a member of the class of 1788, from 1823 to 1843.
• James Moore Wayne, a member of the class of 1808, from 1835 to 1867.
• Mahlon Pitney, a member of the class of 1879, from 1912 to 1922.
• John Marshall Harlan, a member of the class of 1920, from 1955 to 1971.
Source: “A Princeton Companion” by Alexander Leitch