CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/10/1814 - HFSID 154905
Sale Price $510.00
ROGER BROOKE TANEY
One of Robert Brooke Taney's clients signed this document in 1814, agreeing to give one-half of his damages to Taney as his legal fees. Written 22 years before Taney became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Autograph document signed "R. B. Taney" in body of document and by "David Gross". Pencil notation in body of document. 1 page, 7¾x5, docketed on verso. Feb. 10, 1814. In full: "I agree to give R. B. Taney the one half of the damages I may recover against Thomas Dupree in my suit against him that will stand for trial at august [sic] next which said half of the Damages is to be in full for his fee for the trial of the case". Gross was Taney's client. Thisdocument was written and signed long before Taney became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1836. Taney (1777-1864, born in Calvert County, Maryland) was educated privately before attending Dickinson College, where he graduated first in his class. Taney apprenticed with an Annapolis lawyer for three years and was admitted to the bar in 1799 when he was 22. After two years as a Federalist member of the Maryland House of Delegates,he began his legal career in earnest in Frederick, Maryland. There, he met Anne Phoebe Charlton Key, the sister of Francis Scott Key, whom he married in January of 1806. Taney, who became one of Maryland's leading lawyers, became an avid supporter of Andrew Jackson after the Federalist Party faded away. In 1831, Jackson appointed Taney as both Attorney General (1831-1833) and acting Secretary of War before naming him Secretary of the Treasury on Sept. 23, 1833. Taney served until June 24, 1834, when his appointment was rejected by the United States Senate. In 1836, after a political change in the makeup of the Senate, Jackson appointed Taney as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Taney served until his death in 1864. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Pencil notation touches signature. Show-through from docket touches handwriting but not signature. Ink stains on verso; show-through touches handwriting but not signature. Right edge is lightly discolored. Bottom edge is irregular. Light nick in left edge. Folded in quarters and unfolded. Light tear in left edge along fold. Otherwise in fine condition.
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