RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court who died Saturday, had a special connection to North Carolina that many may not know about.
According to an article in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress paper from 2011, Scalia owned a home on the Outer Banks.
At the end of a June 21, 2011 speech to lawyers in Asheville, Scalia said Asheville was a “beautiful” city, the Mountain Xpress reported. It was his second visit to Asheville.
The Scalia vacation home is in the Whalehead Club in Corolla in Curritick County.
Scalia, 79, was at a resort ranch in Texas when he was found dead on Saturday morning.
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Scalia arrived at the Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa, Texas on Friday and attended a party at the ranch Friday night. KVIA-TV in El Paso reports that Scalia spent the day on Friday out quail hunting before he was found dead Saturday.
Scalia was found dead after he did not appear at breakfast on Saturday and a ranch worker went to check on him, the newspaper reported. CNN reported that Scalia died in his sleep.
Scalia used his keen intellect and missionary zeal in an unyielding attempt to move the court farther to the right after his 1986 appointment by President Ronald Reagan. He also advocated tirelessly in favor of originalism, the method of constitutional interpretation that looks to the meaning of words and concepts as they were understood by the Founding Fathers.
Scalia’s impact on the court was muted by his seeming disregard for moderating his views to help build consensus, although he was held in deep affection by his ideological opposites Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. Scalia and Ginsburg shared a love of opera. He persuaded Kagan to join him on hunting trips.
Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey, March 11, 1936. He married Maureen McCarthy and has nine children, according to his bio on the US Supreme Court website.
He received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960–1961.