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Dayton's Bluff to Harvard

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

in Harry A. Blackmun

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195141238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141238.003.0001
Dayton's Bluff to Harvard

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Because Harry Blackmun's mother, Theo Blackmun, decided that she did not want to have the baby on her own in the flat she rented with her husband in Minneapolis, she decided to give birth to the Supreme Court's future justice in their home at Nashville, Illinois. A genealogical survey would show that Corwin Manning Blackmun's roots could be traced to one of the first Pilgrim groups to arrive at Plymouth, and Theo Huegely Reuter's family lived for a long time in Illinois, therefore it could be said that Justice Blackmun's family has evidently deep Midwestern roots. The justice's parents soon moved to St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff after getting married in a Methodist church and after having Harry, their first child. This chapter recounts Justice Blackmun's family background, his life with his family at Dayton's Bluff, how he had been admitted to the University of Minnesota, and how he had interacted with the Harvard Club for a scholarship to take law school.

Keywords: Harry Blackmun; Theo Blackmun; Corwin Blackmun; Nashville; Illinois; Dayton's Bluff; University of Minnesota; Harvard Club; law school

Chapter.  10615 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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