On what date was Justice Clarence Thomas confirmed to serve on the US Supreme Court ? – History, Politics & Society


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President George HW Bush nominated Clarence Thomas on July 8, 1991, to replace Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was retiring.

Thomas’s confirmation hearing became contentious, however, when Professor Anita Hill, an attorney who had worked for Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, stepped forward and alleged Thomas had sexually harassed her and created a hostile work environment.

The Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing that lasted several weeks, and ended with Thomas’s acquittal, but his reputation was damaged. The Judiciary Committee was unable to agree how to advise the Senate, resulting in the candidate’s nomination being sent to the floor with no recommendation.

Justice Thomas was narrowly confirmed by a vote of 52-48 on October 15, 1991.

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