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Events

Birth

July 2, 1908

Born in West Baltimore. Later attends Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School and Booker T. Washington Junior High.

Schooling

1921 - 1925

Attends Colored High and Training School.

Marriage

1929

Marries Vivian Burey

Graduation

1930

Graduates cum laude from Lincoln University in Lincoln, PA

Law

1933

Receives law degree from Howard University (graduating magna cum laude); begins a private practice as a lawyer in Baltimore.

NAACP

1934

Begins to work for Baltimore branch of NAACP.

Murray vs Pearson

1935

With mentor and friend Charles Hamilton Houston, wins first major civil rights case - Murray vs Pearson - desegregating the University of Maryland Law School, which had rejected Marshall on the grounds of race.

Lawyer career

1940 - 1961

Serves as legal director of the NAACP; in 1940, he wins the first of his 29 Supreme Court victories out of 32 he argued. (Chambers vs Florida)

Brown vs Board of Education

1954

Wins Brown vs Board of Education case, the landmark action that ends the legal segregation of schools in America.

Wife death

Feb, 1955

Vivian Marshall dies.

Remarriage

Dec, 1955

He marries Cecila A. Suyat; their union produces Marshall's two sons, Thurgood Jr. and John William.

US Court of Appeals

1961

is nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit by President Kennedy.

Circuit Judge

1961

is appointed circuit judge; makes 112 rulings, all of them later upheld by Supreme Court.

Solicitor General

1965

is appointed U.S. Solicitor General by President Johnson; wins 14 of the 19 cases he argues for the government (1965-1967)

Supreme Court Justice

1967

Becomes first African-American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Retirement

1991

Retires from Supreme Court.

Death

1993

Dies at 84 in Bethesda.