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This Day in Georgia History

June 28, 1948

Clarence Thomas Born

Future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was born near Savannah, Georgia. After a year in seminary school, he earned an undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. In July 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated Thomas for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. After lengthy Senate confirmation hearings, Thomas was approved and took his oath of office in October 1991 becoming the fifth Georgia-born justice in the history of the Supreme Court.