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Marshall's Nomination is Confirmed WASHINGTON (AP) ,- Thurgood Marshall, great-grandson of a slave and a longtime fighter for equal rights for Negroes, has won Senate confirmation as the nation's first Negro Supreme Court justice. By a 69 to 11 margin, the Senate confirmed Wednesday President Johnson's nomination of Marshall, 57, who was for many years chief legal of" ficer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Marshall, currently U.S. solicitor general, will fill a high court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Tom C. Clark, who stepped down when his son, Ramsey Clark, was named attorney general earlier this year. Swearing in of Marshall is not expected until October, when the court reconvenes for its autumn term. Marshall's overwhelming confirmation came in the face of charges by opponents—all from the South except Sen. Robert C. Byrd, (D-Va.), — that his seating would assure a lop-sided division of the court in favor of "ultra-liberal activists." Opponents said this majority was bent on bending the Constitution to its will rather than interpreting its true intent. But backers said Marshall brought a rare depth of experience to the bench and some forecast a surprise for those who believe Marshall's stance on crucial issues can be foretold in advance. Marshall, a burly 6-feet 2-inches and 210 pounds, was the NAACP's chief counsel for 23 years and won 29 of 32 civil rights cases he argued before the high court—including the far-reaching 1954 school de- segegation case. Marshall twice before won Senate confirmation, in 1962 as a federal appeals court judge and in 1965 as solicitor general. After Wednesday's vote, Mar shall issued this statement from his Justice Department office: "I am greatly honored. Let me take this opportunity to affirm my deep faith in this na tion and its people and to pledge that I shall be ever mindful of my obligation to the Constitution and to the goal of equal justice under law." Marshall, son of a sleeping- car porter, was nominated by the President June 13. The Senate Judiciary Committee, after five days of hearings, recommended confirmation 11 to 5. Marshall, who graduated in 1933 with honors from Howard University Law School in Washington, was raised in Baltimore, Md. He is married to the former Cecilia Suyat, a Hawaiian of Filipino descent, and they have two sons, Thurgood Jr., 10, and John, 9. in

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  1. Carrol Daily Times Herald,
  2. 31 Aug 1967, Thu,
  3. Page 7

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