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Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia is best know as an Associate Justice for the United States Supreme Court appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986. Antonin Scalia was born on March 11, 1936 in Trenton, NJ. He was the only child of Salvatore Eugene and Catherine Panono Scalia. His father immigrated from Sicily as a teenager and came through Ellis Island. He got a college education and became a professor of romance language at Brooklyn College. The mother was a school teacher and worked in elementary school until Antonin was born.

Scolia enjoyed being an only child and his father was a major influence on his life, providing him with values of conservatism, hard work, and disipline. Scalia grew up in a multi-ethnic neighborhood of Queens, NY where he attended elementary school. He went to Xavier High School, a military school run by the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church. It was there that Scalia developed a deep religious conviction. In 1953, he enrolled in Georgetown University in Washington DC where he graduated Valedictorian with a bachelors degree in history in 1957. After, he went to Harvard Law School and during his final year he met Maureen McCarthy from Radcliffe College. They were married September 10, 1960 and had 9 children.

He was a practicing lawyer in the 60s, a public servant in the 70s with roles in President Nixon's General Council and Assistant Attorney General. In the 80s he became part of President Ronald Reagan's Court of Appeals in 1986. President Reagan appointed him Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court until his death on February 13, 2016.

Scalia was found dead at a resort in West Texas with later reports revealing that he had suffered from heart trouble and high blood pressure.