Bork, Robert Heron

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Born: Mar 01, 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Jurist, Lawyers


1927 - Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the 1st of March to Harry Philip Bork, a steel company purchasing agent, and Elisabeth, a schoolteacher. American lawyer and jurist.

         - He earned bachelors and law degrees from the University of Chicago.

1952 - He married Claire Davidson.

1953 - Bork received his law degree.

1954 - He began as a lawyer in private practice.

1962 - Bork accepted a position teaching antitrust and constitutional law at Yale University.

         - He developed his doctrine of "original intent and judicial restraint," which stated that courts can protect only the rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution.

1972 - He served as Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice.

1973 - Served as acting Attorney General of the United States.

         - Upon resignations of Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus rather than fire Archibald Cox as per Richard Nixon's orders, fired Archibald Cox as Watergate special prosecutor in role as highest-ranking official remaining in Justice Department (Saturday Night Massacre).

1977-1981 - Bork returned and left Yale for private practice in Washington, D.C.

1982 - President Reagan appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

1987 - Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court in July, his opponents ridiculed him as an arch-conservative who wanted to take away the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the political mainstream.

1988 - Bork resigned from the court of appeals and joined the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a prominent Washington-based think tank.

1996 - Wrote "Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline".

2003 - He converted to Catholicism.
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