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Alexander, Raymond Pace

@ Temple University

Mosley, John W


Image of Raymond Pace Alexander. Born in Philadelphia, Raymond Alexander Pace (1898-1974) became the first Black Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (1920), and of Harvard University’s Law School (1923). His wife, Sadie Tanner Mossell was the first black woman to earn a law degree from University of Pennsylvania and also the first African American woman to earn a PhD in economics. He was President of the National Bar Association from 1933 to 1935 and served on the Philadelphia City Council from 1951 to 1958. He 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 African-Americans 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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