Clarence Thomas

official Supreme Court portrait of Clarence Thomas, The Oyez Project, by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Place of Birth: Pin Point, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 23, 1948

Ethnicity: African-American

Clarence Thomas has served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, since October 23, 1991. He was previously Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office for Civil Rights, from 1981 to 1982, Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, from May 6, 1982 to March 12, 1990, and a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, from March 12, 1990 to October 23, 1991.

His family spoke Gullah.

Justice Thomas is the son of Leola and M. C. Thomas. He is married to attorney and lobbyist Virginia (Lamp) Thomas. He has a son with his former wife, Kathy Ambush.

Justice Thomas is a Roman Catholic.

Justice Thomas’s maternal grandfather was named Myers Anderson.

Justice Thomas is descended from slaves named Sandy and Peggy, who were born around the end of the 18th century. They were owned by planter Josiah Wilson, of Liberty County, Georgia.

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