June 13, 1967: President Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court following the retirement of Justice Tom C. Clark, saying that this was “the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.”
Marshall was confirmed as an Associate Justice by a Senate vote of 69–11 on August 30, 1967. He was the 96th person to hold the position, and the first African American.
Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court, and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education.
He served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy. In 1965, he served as the Solicitor General after being appointed by President Lyndon Johnson.
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