If Wallace Jefferson had done nothing else after stepping into the chief justice’s office at the Texas Supreme Court, he would have made history. There is only one first of anything, and he was the first African-American to hold that post.
But Jefferson never has been nor probably ever will be content to be a mere place holder. He went to work, spoke up when he thought it was necessary and led the nine-member court effectively enough for his predecessor to comment: “I can’t think of a more outstanding chief justice in Texas history.”
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