Senate confirms Marshall as first African-American justice #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 30 1967)


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(Wednesday, August 30, 1967) — The Senate today confirmed Thurgood Marshall as the first African American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by a vote of 69 to 11.

Ten of the eleven votes against Marshall came from the Southern states, joined by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

Marshall, nominated by President Lyndon Johnson, would be sworn into office on Sept. 1, 1967, and would take his seat on the bench on Oct. 2, 1967.

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