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First African-American Justice: Thurgood Marshall
05.22.12, 08:29 AM CDT

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‹‹ First Jewish Justice: Louis Brandeis First Catholic Justice: Roger Taney ››

Thurgood Marshall

Dates served: 1967-1991

Nominated by: Lyndon B. Johnson

After being denied entry to the University of Maryland Law School due to segregation, Thurgood Marshall completed his law degree at Howard University and went on to sue Maryland for their discriminatory policies and win. Marshall, who was succeeded on the court by another African American in Clarence Thomas, also notably represented Linda Brown in the history-making Brown v. Board of Education case of 1954.


‹‹ First Jewish Justice: Louis Brandeis First Catholic Justice: Roger Taney ››

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