Tanner, Jack Edward, 1919-2006

Biography:

Tanner attended the College of Puget Sound and the University of Washington Law School. He was active with the NAACP from 1956 to the 1960s. He held several offices including, Tacoma president, regional vice president, and delegate to the national NAACP board. In 1963, he and other national civil rights leaders conferred with President Kennedy at the White House on civil rights. Tanner was nominated by President Jimmy Carter as a federal district court judge and became Washington's first African-American member of the federal judiciary. -- Jack E. Tanner Papers finding aid, Washington State History Museum WWW site.

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