"The average American," according to William O. Douglas, "is an independent, rough and ready kind of fellow who wants to take a swing on his own." That statement goes a long way toward describing Douglas himself. Given his drive and intelligence, however, it would be inappropriate to equate Douglas with the "average American." He was, as his more than forty years of public service demonstrated, one of the extraordinary Americans in our history.
L. A. Powe, Jr.,
Mr. Justice Douglas,
55 Wash. L. Rev.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.uw.edu/wlr/vol55/iss2/3