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Alexander, Raymond Pace

@ Temple University

Mosley, John W


Judge Raymond Pace Alexander (3rd from left) (1898-1974), born in Philadelphia, became the first African American to graduate from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (1920). His wife, Sadie Tanner Mossell was the first Black woman to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and also the first African American woman to earn a PhD in economics. Alexander was President of National Bar Association from 1933 to 1935, and a member of the Philadelphia City Council from 1951 to 1958. Alexander was the first Black judge on the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia (1959). In 1948, in a case known as the Trenton Six case, he worked with attorney Thurgood Marshall to successfully appeal false accusations of blacks killing a white shopkeeper. He also served as a legal advisor for the Brown vs. Board of Education case. In January 1960 he was named by Ebony magazine as one of the hundred most famous black leaders.

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