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Public Pays Their Respects to Justice Stevens

The public paid their respects on Monday to retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died on July 16 at age 99 after suffering a stroke.

Stevens' casket was in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court for the public to visit after a private ceremony in the morning.

Stevens was the second-oldest justice to serve in the court, and served longer than all but two other justices. He was appointed by President Richard Nixon and confirmed during President Gerald Ford's tenure.

He stepped down from the bench at age 90, after a 35-year run marked by arguments in favor of abortion rights, consumer protection and limits on the death penalty.

"I don't think of myself as a liberal at all," Stevens told the New York Times in 2007. "I think as part of my general politics, I'm pretty darn conservative."

The justice frequently argued that his views stayed the same, while the court became more conservative during his tenure.

He is survived by two daughters, who were with him when he died, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His first wife, Elizabeth, second wife, Maryan, and two of his children preceded him in death.


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Stevens will be the 13th Supreme Court Justice buried at Arlington National Cemetery, joining William Howard Taft, Earl Warren, Warren Burger and William H. Rehnquist.

His gravestone has on one side the seal of the Supreme Court and the years he served, 1975 to 2010. On the other side, it notes his service in the Navy as a lieutenant commander.

The gravestone will be shared with his second wife, who was buried there in 2015.

A private funeral service and internment for Stevens will be held at Arlington on Tuesday.

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