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Sonia Sotomayor: Biography

Sonia Sotomayor (Born on June 25, 1954)

Sotomayor was born in the Bronx borough of New York City on June 25, 1954. Her mother and father were both from Puerto Rico, and both were uneducated. She grew up among other Puerto Ricans in New York, and she did not become fluent in English until about the age of nine. By that time, she had been diagnosed with diabetes, requiring her to take daily insulin injections. At an early age, Sotomayor became a “true media child,” reading Nancy Drew books and watching the television show Perry Mason.. The latter proved influential on Soto-mayor’s decision to pursue law. “I noticed that Perry Mason was involved in a lot of the same kinds of investigative work that I had been fascinated with reading Nancy Drew, so I decided to become a lawyer,” she said. “Once I focused on becoming a lawyer, I never deviated from that goal.” Continue . . .

Source: "Sotomayor, Sonia Maria." Gale Encyclopedia of American Law, edited by Donna Batten, 3rd ed., vol. 9, Gale, 2010, pp. 269-271. From Gale Virtual Reference database.

Book Collection

My Beloved World
Turning Pages: my life story
Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Selected Options
Be Bold, Baby: Sonia Sotomayor
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx


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