Lewis F. Powell, Jr., in full Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., (born Sept. 19, 1907, Suffolk, Va., U.S.—died August 25, 1998, Richmond, Va.), associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1972–87). Powell was the eldest child of Louis Powell, a businessman, and Mary Gwaltney Powell.
Lewis Franklin Powell Jr. (September 19, 1907 – August 25, 1998) was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1972 to 1987.
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From his appointment in 1971 until his resignation in 1987, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. was widely known as the "swing Justice" on a closely divided Supreme Court. As the term "swing Justice" implies, Powell's position on the Court was one of both loneliness and influence.
POWELL, LEWIS F., JR. (1907–) Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., has always eluded conventional portraiture. In broad brush, Powell appears the archetypal conservative: a successful corporate lawyer, a director of eleven major companies, a pillar of Richmond, Virginia's civic and social life. The roll call of legal honors—president of the American ...
Lewis F. Powell Jr. (1907–1998), who served on the Supreme Court from 1972 to 1987, was a thoughtful, pragmatic, and conciliatory justice. He was basically conservative on matters of crime and law enforcement but a liberal on First Amendment matters concerning separation of church and state. Powell had a prolific pre-Court career
Jul 14, 2014 · While some may debate the legacy of Lewis F. Powell Jr. and his call for American business to defend the free-enterprise system and become more involved in political affairs, he is generally regarded as one of the most influential Supreme Court justices of the 20th century, a judicial moderate.