Antonin Scalia was born on March 11,1936 in Trenton, New Jersey to Eugene Scalia and Catherine Panaro. He was raised as a Catholic and remained a devout Catholic his entire life attending the Tridentine Mass in Washington, D.C. He attended P.S. 13 in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. After completing the 8th Grade, he won a scholarship to Xavier High School, a Jesuit military school in Manhattan. He graduated in 1953 and was valedictorian of his class.
That same year, he attended Georgetown University in D.C. and graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1957. He also attended Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude in 1960 and became a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University. On September 10,1960, he married Maureen McCarthy at St. Pius X Church in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Together, they had 9 children and their son Paul became a Catholic priest.
In 1961, he beegan his legal career in international law at Jones, Day, Cockley and Reavis in Cleveland, Ohio where he work till 1967. In 1974, he was appointed U.S. Attorney Assistant General for the Office of Legal Counsel by President Gerald Ford. He would serve in this position until 1977. In 1982, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Judge the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. However, his biggest appointment came in 1986, when President Reagan announced Scalia as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a vote of 98 to 0, Scalia became the first American of Italian descent to become a Supreme Court Justice.
Scalia proved to be a good pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a conservative and a follower of the U.S. Constitution. He was strongly opposed to abortion, he believed that the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade was wrongfully decided. In 1992, he voted to overturn abortion in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey and voted against partial-birth abortion in Stenberg vs. Carhart (2000) and Gonzales vs. Carhart (2007). He also believed in religious freedom and was against gay marriage, in 2014, he voted with the majority in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and in 2015, he voted with the minority in Obergefell vs. Hodges. Scalia proved to an excellent choice to the U.S. Supreme Court.
He would continue to serve until his death on February 13,2016 in Shafter, Texas. His funeral Mass was conducted by his son, Father Paul Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and was interred at Fairfax Memorial Park in Fairfax, Virginia.