CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 2/1812 - HFSID 28252
Sale Price $595.00
ROGER BROOKE TANEY
Legal document resigning part of the damages in an assault and battery suit to Roger Brooke Taney. Written in 1812, 24 years before he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Autograph document signed "R. B. Taney" in body of document and by "John Claggert". 1 page, 7¾x4. February of 1812. In full: "I resign to R. B. Taney the one half of the damages, recovered in my suit against Raphael Darnall for an assault & Battery on me-". Claggert 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. Claggert's signature, but not Taney's, is cut off at right edge. Left edge is lightly discolored. Top, left and bottom edges are irregular. Folded once horizontally and thrice vertically and unfolded. Light tear in left edge along fold. Otherwise in fine condition.
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