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  Oscar William Adams, Jr. (1925-1997) — also known as Oscar W. Adams — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala. Born in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., February 7, 1925. Lawyer; associate justice of Alabama state supreme court, 1980-93. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Omega Psi Phi; NAACP. First African-American ever elected to statewide office in Alabama. Died of an infection related to cancer, in Baptist Medical Center-Montclair, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., February 15, 1997 (age 72 years, 8 days). Burial location unknown.
  Daniel Webster Ambrose, Jr. (1896-1992) — also known as Daniel W. Ambrose, Jr. — of Huntington, Cabell County, W.Va. Born in Pickens, Holmes County, Miss., September 8, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; Elks; National Bar Association; American Legion; Freemasons; Shriners. Died in February, 1992 (age 95 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Presumably named for: Daniel Webster
  Relatives: Son of Daniel Webster Ambrose and Mary Elizabeth (Ambrose) Ambrose; married to Irene N. Miller.
  Dennis Wayne Archer (b. 1942) — also known as Dennis W. Archer — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., January 1, 1942. Democrat. Lawyer; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1986-90; appointed 1986; resigned 1990; mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1994-2001; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996, 2000, 2008. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; National Bar Association; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Alpha Phi Alpha; NAACP. Still living as of 2020.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
  Roosevelt F. Dorn — of Inglewood, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Checotah, McIntosh County, Okla. Democrat. Lawyer; superior court judge in California, 1980-97; mayor of Inglewood, Calif., 1997-; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; American Bar Association; NAACP. Still living as of 2006.
  Fred David Gray — also known as Fred D. Gray — of Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala.; Tuskegee, Macon County, Ala. Born in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Ala. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1970-74; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 2000, 2004, 2008; chair of Macon County Democratic Party, 2003. Church of Christ. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; NAACP; Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Still living as of 2008.
  Relatives: Married to Carol Porter.
  Elihu Mason Harris (b. 1947) — also known as Elihu M. Harris — of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., August 15, 1947. Democrat. Lawyer; member of California state assembly, 1978-90; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988, 1996; mayor of Oakland, Calif., 1991-99. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; National Bar Association. Still living as of 1999.
  Relatives: Son of Elihu M. Harris, Sr. and Frances Mae (Cunningham) Harris; married, August 14, 1982, to Kathy Neal.
  Earl Frederick Hilliard (b. 1942) — also known as Earl F. Hilliard — of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala. Born in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala., April 9, 1942. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1975-81; member of Alabama state senate, 1981-93; U.S. Representative from Alabama 7th District, 1993-2003; defeated in primary, 2002; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1996, 2000, 2008. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; Alpha Phi Alpha. Rebuked by the House Ethics Committee in June, 2001 over three campaign finance violations. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  Harold Hood (b. 1931) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Hamtramck, Wayne County, Mich., January 14, 1931. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; lawyer; common pleas court judge in Michigan, 1973-77; recorder's court judge in Michigan, 1977-78; circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1978-82; Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 1st District, 1982-; appointed 1982. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association; American Judicature Society. Still living as of 1990.
  Karen Fort Hood — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Lawyer; circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 2001; Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 1st District, 2003-. Female. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; Delta Sigma Theta. Still living as of 2013.
  Jewel Lafontant-Mankarious (1922-1997) — also known as Jewel Stradford; Jewel Stradford Rogers; Jewel Stradford Lafontant — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., April 28, 1922. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1960 (alternate), 1972, 1988; candidate for superior court judge in Illinois, 1962; candidate for Judge, Illinois Appellate Court, 1970; U.S. Ambassador to , 1989. Female. African ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association; NAACP; American Civil Liberties Union. Died, of breast cancer, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., May 31, 1997 (age 75 years, 33 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Cornelius Francis Stradford and Aida Arabella (Carter) Stradford; married 1946 to John W. Rogers (divorced 1961); married 1961 to H. Ernest LaFontant (died 1976); married 1989 to Naguib Soby Mankarious.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) — also known as Thoroughgood Marshall — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Baltimore, Md., July 2, 1908. Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1961-65; resigned 1965; U.S. Solicitor General, 1965-67; Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1967-91; took senior status 1991. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Member, Freemasons; NAACP; National Bar Association; Alpha Phi Alpha; American Civil Liberties Union. Received Spingarn Medal in 1946 First African-American Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Died, from a heart attack, in the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Md., January 24, 1993 (age 84 years, 206 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.; memorial monument at Lawyers' Mall, Annapolis, Md.
  Relatives: Married, September 4, 1929, to Vivien Burey (died 1955); married, December 17, 1955, to Cecilia Suyat; father of Thurgood Marshall, Jr. (1956-).
  Political family: Marshall family of New York City, New York.
  Cross-reference: William Curtis Bryson
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books about Thurgood Marshall: Juan Williams, Thurgood Marshall : American Revolutionary — Randall W. Bland, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Crusader for Liberalism : His Judicial Biography — Mark V. Tushnet, Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991 — Mark V. Tushnet, Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1936-1961 — Gilbert King, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  Thurgood Marshall, Jr. (b. 1956) — of Falls Church, Va. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., 1956. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996; assistant to Pres. Bill Clinton, 1997-2001. African and Filipino ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association. Still living as of 2007.
  Relatives: Son of Thurgood Marshall and Cecilia Marshall (1916?-); married, April 25, 2008, to Teddi Levy.
  Political family: Marshall family of New York City, New York.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Sharon McPhail (born c.1950) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Mass., about 1950. Lawyer; candidate for mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1993, 2005 (primary), 2009 (primary). Female. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; NAACP. Still living as of 2009.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Henry M. Michaux, Jr. (b. 1930) — of Durham County, N.C. Born in Durham, Durham County, N.C., September 4, 1930. Lawyer; insurance and real estate business; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1973-77, 1985-; U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1977-81. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association. Still living as of 2005.
  Relatives: Son of Henry McKinley Michaux, Sr. and Isadore (Coates) Michaux.
  John J. Miller (1932-1985) — of Berkeley, Alameda County, Calif. Born July 28, 1932. Democrat. Lawyer; member of California state assembly, 1967-78 (17th District 1967-74, 13th District 1975-78); delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972; Judge, California Court of Appeal 1st District, 1978-85. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association; National Lawyers Guild; American Academy of Political and Social Science. Died, of diabetes, on February 16, 1985 (age 52 years, 203 days). Burial location unknown.
  Gerald A. Neal (b. 1945) — of Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky. Born September 22, 1945. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Kentucky state senate 33rd District, 1989-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 2004, 2008. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; Urban League. Still living as of 2008.
  Leah Ward Sears (b. 1955) — Born in Heidelberg, Germany, of American parents, June 13, 1955. Lawyer; justice of Georgia state supreme court, 1992-2005; chief justice of Georgia Supreme Court, 2005-. Female. African ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association; Alpha Kappa Alpha. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of Thomas E. Sears and Onnye Jean Sears.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Virgil C. Smith, Jr. (b. 1947) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 4, 1947. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives 10th District, 1977-88; defeated in primary, 1970 (13th District), 1972 (10th District); resigned 1988; member of Michigan state senate 2nd District, 1988-; circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit; elected 2012. African Methodist Episcopal. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; National Bar Association. Still living as of 2012.
  Cynthia Diane Stephens — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Lawyer; circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1985-2008; appointed 1985; Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 1st District, 2008-; appointed 2008. Female. United Church of Christ. African ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association. Still living as of 2013.
  Sylvester Turner (b. 1954) — of Houston, Harris County, Tex. Born in Houston, Harris County, Tex., September 27, 1954. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Texas state house of representatives 139th District, 1989-2016; mayor of Houston, Tex., 2016-; defeated, 1991, 2003; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996 (alternate), 2000, 2004; member, Platform Committee, 2008. Baptist. African ancestry. Member, Alpha Phi Alpha; American Bar Association; National Bar Association. Still living as of 2018.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Myron H. Wahls (b. 1921) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 11, 1921. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for Michigan state attorney general, 1974; circuit judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1975-82; appointed 1975; Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 1st District, 1982-; appointed 1982. African ancestry. Member, National Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; American Civil Liberties Union. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  John E. Wallace, Jr. (b. 1942) — of Sewell, Gloucester County, N.J. Born in Pitman, Gloucester County, N.J., March 13, 1942. Lawyer; superior court judge in New Jersey, 1984-2003; associate justice of New Jersey state supreme court, 2003-10. African ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; National Bar Association; Alpha Epsilon Pi. Still living as of 2015.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Harold Washington (1922-1987) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., April 15, 1922. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1965; member of Illinois state senate, 1977; U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1981-83; resigned 1983; mayor of Chicago, Ill., 1983-87; defeated in primary, 1977; died in office 1987. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; National Bar Association. Died in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., November 25, 1987 (age 65 years, 224 days). Interment at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
  The Harold Washington Public Library, in Chicago, Illinois, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Books about Harold Washington: Paul Kleppner, Chicago Divided : The Making of a Black Mayor — Melvin G. Holli, Bashing Chicago Traditions : Harold Washington's Last Campaign, Chicago, 1987 — Dempsey J. Travis, Harold, the People's Mayor : The Authorized Biography of Mayor Harold Washington — Florence Hamlish Levinsohn, Harold Washington: A political biography — Alton Miller, Harold Washington: The Mayor, the Man — Naurice Roberts, Harold Washington : Mayor With A Vison (for young readers)
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