Today in History Spottswood W. Robinson was Born

Portrait of Spottswood W Robinson III

Spottswood W. Robinson

On this day July 26 1916, Spottswood W. Robinson was born.  He was a representative of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, dean of the Howard University Law School, member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a U.S. Circuit Judge of the D.C. Circuit.

In 1966, Judge Robinson became the first African-American appointed to the United States Court of Appeals, for the District of Columbia Circuit, when he was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson.

He was the first African American to become Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Circuit Court.

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