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The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
United States Attorney
Presidential Appointee

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Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
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None

Birthplace

Born:
1/21/1951
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
United States Attorney
Presidential Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/21/1951
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Eric Himpton Holder was born on January 21, 1951, in the Bronx, New York. His mother was a telephone operator and secretary and his father was in the real estate industry. In 1969, Holder earned his high school diploma and a Regents Scholarship from Stuyvesant High School.

Holder received his B.A. degree in American history in 1973 from Columbia University where he became active in civil rights. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976. While a law student, he clerked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division in 1974 and 1975, respectively. The Department of Justice clerkship led to his first job after law school, when he worked as part of the attorney general’s honors program in 1976. In this position, Holder prosecuted public officials accused of corruption, including the treasurer of the state of Florida, the ambassador to the Dominican Republic, a local judge in Pennsylvania and an assistant U.S. Attorney in New York.

In 1988, Holder was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan to become an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. During his five years on the bench, he presided over hundreds of civil and criminal trials. In 1993, Holder was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., becoming the first African American to serve in that position. During his four-year tenure, he created a domestic violence unit, implemented a community prosecution project, and developed Operation Cease-Fire, a program aimed at getting guns out of the hands of criminals.

In 1997, President Clinton appointed Holder as the first African American deputy attorney general, the number two position in the Justice Department. As deputy attorney general, Holder supervised all of the DOJ’s litigating, enforcement, and administrative components in both civil and criminal matters. He also created Lawyers for One America, a program designed to diversify the legal profession and increase pro bono work nationally.

In 2001, Holder joined the firm of Covington and Burling as a litigation partner handling civil and criminal cases, domestic and international advisory matters and internal corporate investigations. In February of 2009, Holder was confirmed as the first African American U.S. Attorney General under the Obama Administration.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eric Holder talks about his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eric Holder talks about his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eric Holder discusses his parents' age difference
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eric Holder remembers his grandmothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eric Holder recalls his earliest memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eric Holder comments on his ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Eric Holder talks about his childhood environs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Eric Holder remembers elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eric Holder discusses his junior high school experiences and interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eric Holder recalls his teenage social development
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eric Holder details his high school years at Stuyvesant
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eric Holder details the explosive atmosphere on Columbia University's campus in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eric Holder shares his reasoning for choosing Columbia Law School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eric Holder describes the intensity of his law school experience at Columbia Law School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Eric Holder comments on his clerkship with NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Eric Holder remembers his clerkship at the Department of Justice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Eric Holder recounts early experiences after graduating from law school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Eric Holder talks about the climate of the Department of Justice in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eric Holder discusses cases during his tenure at the Justice Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eric Holder explains how Washington D.C.'s violence epidemic influenced his judicial career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eric Holder comments on judicial policies he disagreed with
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eric Holder talks about the intensity of the U.S. Senate confirmation process
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eric Holder recalls accomplishments as the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eric Holder shares his thoughts on former DC mayor, Marion Barry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Eric Holder reveals the political aspects behind the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Eric Holder contrasts the Clinton and Bush administrations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Eric Holder discusses time spent as U.S. Deputy Attorney General
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Eric Holder explains the political climate of Washington, D.C. in the late 1990s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Eric Holder describes his experience as U.S. Acting Attorney General
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Eric Holder shares his thoughts on blacks gaining more jobs in policy-making roles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eric Holder gives an overview of his duties at Covington and Burling
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eric Holder comments on Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eric Holder shares thoughts on the war in Iraq
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eric Holder contemplates future career plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eric Holder talks about law as a career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eric Holder explains the importance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eric Holder speaks of his sister-in-law, Vivian Malone, the first black graduate of the University of Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eric Holder notes the profound influence the "Autobiography of Malcolm X" had upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Eric Holder shares his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Eric Holder comments on his personal progress
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Eric Holder gives the names of his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Eric Holder considers his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Eric Holder discusses the importance of The HistoryMakers project