Antonin Scalia

(March 11, 1936 – February 13, 2016)

An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2016, he was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Scalia was described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court's conservative wing.  

Scalia served on the Court for nearly thirty years, during which time he espoused a conservative jurisprudence and ideology, advocating textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation. He was a strong defender of the powers of the executive branch, believing presidential power should be paramount in many areas. He believed that the Constitution permitted the death penalty and did not guarantee the right to abortion or same-sex marriage, and that affirmative action and most other policies that afforded special protected status to minority groups were unconstitutional. These positions earned him a reputation as one of the most conservative justices on the Court. He filed separate opinions in many cases, often castigating the Court's majority using scathing language.


Grave Location:

Fairfax Memorial Park

Fairfax, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA  


PLOT: Garden of the Crucifix, Lot 870, Site A