Potter Stewart graduated as an undergraduate in 1937 from Yale University, and then served a Fellowship of one year at Cambridge University; but in what subjects did he major or specialise?

I am curious because when asked about the best writer on the Court, Justice John Paul Stevens has repeatedly distinguished and selected Justice Stewart as the best writer.

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    Bit puzzled about the close votes here. This recent question is similarly mundane, yet it didn't attract any close votes and was answered.
    – yannis
    Dec 30 '15 at 8:20
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    @Yannis A historical scandal is considerably less mudane than what classes someone took for their Bachelor of Arts degree.
    – Semaphore
    Dec 30 '15 at 10:58
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    @Yannis probably because the word "scandal" implies public knowledge and some degree of notioriety. That said, being a relevant, public figure, I do not see the question as "harmful" enough as to grant a negative/close votes (at best, leaving it unanswered).
    – SJuan76
    Dec 30 '15 at 11:07
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    Voting to close, trivia of no historical significance. First of all, Potter Stewart is not a particularly famous Justice, so very little he that he did has historical significance, and what he may have studied or not studied in school is patently trivial. Dec 30 '15 at 17:05
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    @LePressentiment I don't really see what the historical importance is of this judge or how his youthful studies are historically significant. In Schwartz's book "A History of the Supreme Court" Stewart is barely mentioned at all and no decision he wrote is mentioned. By any reasonable criteria he is not an important Justice. Dec 30 '15 at 20:43

According to a 2002 article by Joel Jacobsen, Potter Stewart's undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Arts in English. A pdf file of this article can be found here.

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