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Black History Profile: Judge William Henry Hastie of TN

William Henry Hastie was born in 1904 in Knoxville, TN. He graduated from Amherst College with honors in 1925 and earned his law degree at Harvard in 1930 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Harvard in 1933.

            He served as a federal district judge for the Virgin Islands from 1937 to 1939. After he served as Dean of Howard Law School for one year, the Roosevelt Administration brought him into the War Department as a civilian aid. Judge Hastie resigned after two years to protest the slowness and evasiveness of the department in terminating its policy of segregation in the armed forces. In the presidential election of 1948, he campaigned energetically for President Harry Truman. After the election of Truman, Hastie was appointed judge of the United States Circuit, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



Source: International Library of Negro Life and History.






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