Blackmun, Harry at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. jurist. Born in Nashville, Ill., he received his law degree from Harvard (1932) and taught law (1935-41) while advancing to general partner in his Minnesota law firm. He served as resident counsel to the Mayo Clinic (1950-59), then was appointed to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Pres. R. Nixon named him to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1970, where he served until 1994. Perceived as a conservative when he commenced his Supreme Court service, Blackmun became progressively more liberal over the years. He wrote the majority decision in Roe vs. Wade (1971).