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Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was born on October 16, 1898. He served more than 36 years on the court - longer than any other justice. Douglas was atypical in other ways. He argued in favor of legal standing for trees and other inanimate members of the environment.

William O. Douglas
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He also led efforts to designate our first National River, save the Chesapeake and Ohio canal from road builders, and protect Kentucky's Red River Gorge from the dam builders at the Army Corps of Engineers. In his spare time he managed to hike the 2,000 plus mile Appalachian Trail and write several books. Whenever I complain about a lack of time, I need to remember how much Bill Douglas got done in his life.