President George Bush appointed Thomas to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; he took the oath of office on March 12, 1990. Clarence Thomas was nominated by President Bush as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court; the Senate confirmed the appointment on October 15, 1991 by a 52-48 vote. Clarence Thomas was sworn into office on October 23, 1991.
Clarence Thomas was born June 28, 1948 in the Pin Point, near Savannah, Georgia. The second child of M.C. Thomas and Leola Williams; he grew up with his grandmother in Savannah. He married Virginia Lamp in 1987, and has one child, Jamal Adeen, from a previous marriage.
St. John Vianney Minor Conception Seminary, 1967-1968: At Holy Cross College, he graduated ninth in his class with an A.B. in English, cum laude in 1971. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and the Purple Key Society. At Yale Law School, he received his J.D. in 1974.
Thomas was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1974 and later became an Attorney in the pesticide and agriculture division of the Monsanto Company, 1977-1979.
Thomas served as assistant Attorney General of Missouri (1974-77), Legislative assistant to Senator John C. Danforth of Missouri (1979-81), Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education (1981-82), and Chairman for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1982-90).
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In 1982, he was named Chairman of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and served in that capacity until 1990.
Commencement Address: Syracuse University College of Law (1991)