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Alexander, Sadie Tanner (Sadie Tanner Mossell)

Born: 1898 AD
Died: 1989 AD, at 91 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Lawyers


1898 - Sadie Alexander was born in Philadelphia on the 2nd of January.


1916 - Attended and graduated from M Street High School in Washington.


1918 - Attended the School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.


1921 - Became the first black woman in the U.S. to obtain Doctor of Philosophy.


1923 - She returned to Philadelphia and married to Raymond Pace Alexander on the 29th of November.


1924 - She entered the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


1927 - Alexander became the first black woman who graduated from the institution and admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.


1928-1930 - She was appointed as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia.


1934-1938 - She was appointed for the second term as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia.


1947 - She served as President Harry Truman's Committee on Human Rights.


1948 - She was named Woman of the Year in "Negro Heroes" a comic book published by the National Urban League in conjunction with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


1949 - Chaired a special committee of the Fellowship Commission set up to ensure that a new city charter would include provisions guaranteeing equal treatment and equal opportunity in the city's administration.


1952-1968 - She served on the Commission on Human Relations of the City of Philadelphia.


1959 - She opened private law practice after her husband was appointed judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the first African-American to serve in this position.


1974 - She was awarded a fifth degree at the University of Pennsylvania, an honorary doctor of laws degree. This was the first of seven honorary degrees by colleges and universities.


1976 - She retired from the active practice of law but joined the firm of Atkinson, Myers and Archie of counsel.


1978 - She was appointed chairperson of the White House Conference on Aging by Jimmy Carter.


1989 - She died on the 1st of November.


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