O’Connor was first appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to ever serve on the United States Supreme Court, died Friday morning, according to a statement released by the court. She was 93.
O’Connor, first appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, served more than 24 years as a justice before retiring in 2006. According to the court’s statement, O’Connor died in Arizona “of complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s, and a respiratory illness.”
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. wrote in a statement that O’Connor was “A daughter of the American Southwest,” adding, “Sandra Day O’Connor blazed an historic trail as our Nation’s first female Justice. She met that challenge with undaunted determination, indisputable ability, and engaging candor. We at the Supreme Court mourn the loss of a beloved colleague, a fiercely independent defender of the rule of law, and an eloquent advocate for civics education. And we celebrate her enduring legacy as a true public servant and patriot.”
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