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June 13th, 1967
On this day in 1967, President Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court—the first African American to hold that office.
In remarks to the news media that day, the President said,
“He has argued 19 cases in the Supreme Court since becoming Solicitor General. Prior to that time, he had argued some 33 cases. The statisticians tell me that probably only one or two other living men have argued as many cases before the Court—and perhaps less than half a dozen in all the history of the Nation. The Solicitor has had some 50-odd cases. He has lost only eight of those cases.
“His background will be given you by George Christian. Mr. Marshall was first in his class at Howard. He has had a distinguished record as private counsel and as Government counsel in the courts of the land. I believe he has already earned his place in history, but I think it will be greatly enhanced by his service on the Court.
“I believe he earned that appointment; he deserves the appointment. He is best qualified by training and by very valuable service to the country. I believe it is the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.
“I trust that his nomination will be promptly considered by the Senate.”