Clarence Thomas

Born in Georgia in 1948, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas is the second person of African descent after Thurgood Marshall to have seat and serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Although considered a Southerner, spending his adolescent years Savannah, Georgia, Thomas received his collegiate education in Massachusetts at the College of the Holy Cross. Excelling academically Thomas received academic acceptance offers from Yale, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard and although he later would ex become known for and espouse disdain for affirmative action, Thomas selected Yale as the school provided the required financial support for him to attend thanks in part to their fairly new affirmative action program.

After graduating from Yale in 1974, Thomas became a staff attorney for Attorney General John Danforth where he remained until Danforth’s election to the Senate in 1977. Later in 1979 after moving to Washington, DC and serving as counsel for Monsanto, Thomas rejoined Dansforth as a legislative assistant. While in the District, Thomas’ ideologies brought him the attention that led to his appointment within the United States Department of Education.

From this position, Thomas eventually became the chair of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1982 and after eight years of leadership in 1990, President H.W. Bush appointed Clarence Thomas to the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, DC. The following year proceeding the retirement of Justice Thurgood Marshall, President Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court to fill Marshall’s seat, where he still serves today.