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John Marshall Harlan II was born on May 20 1899 in Chicago Illinois He was born to John Maynard Harlan an attorney and Elizabeth Flagg Harlan John Marshall Harlan II came from a long line of political servants of whom his grandfather is probably most notable John Marshall Harlan I whom John Marshall Harlan II was named after sat on the Supreme Court as an Associate Justice from 1877 to 1911 Johan Marshall Harlan II is best remembered as the lone dissenter of the separate but equal defense to the upholding of Plessy v Ferguson John Marshall Harlan II followed in his familys footsteps regarding the furthering of his education In 1920 Harlan graduated with honors from Princeton thus receiving his BA Harlan went onto Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to do his graduate work and returned to the United States upon completion in 1923 After returning from England Harlan began working for a law office in New York At the same time he was studying law at the New York Law School In 1925 Harlan received his law degree and was admitted to the New York bar In 1931 John Marshall Harlan II became a partner in the firm hed begun working in while attending law school and spent much of his early career working for the firm Harlan was appointed an Assistant US Attorney for New York in 1925 He also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General from 1928 to 1930 Prior to working as Special Assistant Attorney General Harlan married Ethel Andrews with whom he had one child During World War II Harlan served as a colonel in the United States Army Air Force Harlan was in charge of the Operations Analysis Section of the Eighth Bomber Command He was also the recipient of the American Legion of Merit and the Belgian and French Croix de Guerre After the war Harlan returned to his practice From 1951 to 1953 Harlan
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