Supreme Court justice William J. Brennan, Jr. is born in Newark, New Jersey. Brennan will be appointed to the Supreme Court by Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower and Eisenhower will come to regard that as one of his worst mistakes ever.
Brennan wil not always be as liberal as he comes to be portrayed. Analysis of his voting patterns reveals that he will be more moderate than other liberals on the Warren Court. What's more, his efforts to frame decisions in moderate language will help him forge a consensus among justices on both the left and the right.
For William Brennan, court cases are another means by which people engage in political activity and pursue political ends. Indeed, he comes to believe that litigation is often the only means by which political minorities can make their views heard or achieve redress of their grievances against unsympathetic majorities.
This means that a sympathetic court system which protects individual rights against majorities is often the only alternative to political violence. As a consequence, Brennan comes to see as one of his most important tasks the protection and expansion of people's access to the federal courts.