Stevens Long Tenure on the Supreme CourtApril 9, 2010 - 11:54 AM | by: Lee Ross
What sort of longevity records are we talking about with Justice Stevens?
Stevens was appointed to the bench by President Ford in 1975 and is the longest serving member of the current court.
He is a bit more than two years away from becoming the longest serving justice of all time. That record is held by William O. Douglas who was the man Stevens replaced on the high court. Here is a link to the current longevity rankings: http://www.oyez.org/length_of_service?order=field_service_length_value&sort=asc&page=4
Stevens is also the second oldest justice to ever sit on the bench. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. has the record as the oldest to ever serve having retired a couple of months shy of his 91st birthday.
As for these records Justice Stevens told C-Span last year: “No, I’m not out to break any records, I can assure you of that. I just enjoy the work and each year I’ve thought about it I’ve decided that I could continue to enjoy it and continue to make a contribution.”