courtesy: Library of Congress

In early 1990, Justice Marshall was asked by a reporter about his plans for retirement. Marshall replied, "I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband." However, 18 months later, poor health forced Thurgood Marshall to retire. President George Bush named Clarence Thomas, a 43-year old, conservative African-American as Marshall's replacement.