He was born in July of 1908 in Maryland. Thurgood Marshall attended Lincoln University and graduated in 1930. He then went on to study law at Howard University in Washington, DC. Marshall graduated from Howard in 1933 with his degree in law. He set up his own practice and began working for the NAACP. At the young age of 32, Thurgood Marshall won his first case before the Supreme Court. At that time, he was named chief counsel for the NAACP. Over the next 15 years, Thurgood Marshall argued 32 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and won 29 of them. In 1961, President Kennedy nominated Thurgood Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals, where he served for four years. In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson nominated him to the Supreme Court. He was the first African-American to be elected. Thurgood Marshall served on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring in 1991. He passed away in 1993.