This Day in Black History: Feb. 2, 2009

US President Barack Obama(L) listens as US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is sworn-in, with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone holding the Bible, as Judge Robert I. Richter (R) conducts the installation ceremony of Holder as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on March 27, 2009 at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.      AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

This Day in Black History: Feb. 2, 2009

On this day, Eric Holder became first African-American to be named Attorney General of the United States.

Published February 2nd

Eleven years ago today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General, making him the first African-American in the nation to hold the post.

Holder previously served as a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and as a United States Attorney. While in that position, he led the prosecution of Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, a Democrat from Illinois, on charges of corruption. He also served as Deputy Attorney General in the administration of President Bill Clinton

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Born in the Bronx to parents with roots in Barbados, Holder attended Columbia University and Columbia Law School. He once worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

He was a U.S. Attorney until his elevation to Deputy Attorney General in 1997 under Attorney General Janet Reno. Holder also served on board of trustees of George Washington University in 1996 and 1997.

From 2001 until he became Attorney General, Holder worked as an attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., representing clients such as Merck and the National Football League. He represented the NFL during its dog fighting investigation against Michael Vick.

Written by Jonathan P. Hicks

Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images

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