CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED THREE TIMES 03/1810 - HFSID 327863
Sale Price $637.50
ROGER B. TANEY
Handwritten document concerning the dispute of stolen wheat between two brothers. Signed three times!
Autograph document signed three times (twice in text): "R. B. Taney, Pltff/Atty", "Roger Brooke Taney", "Roger Brooke Taney", 2 pages (front and verso), 7¾x13. Encased in 9½x14¼ mylar. 1810. Legal document written by Taney concerning a case between Andrew and Jacob Michael over stolen wheat, written in part: "And whereupon the said Andrew by Roger Brooke Taney his attorney complains that whereas the said Andrew on the thirtieth day of July...was possessed of certain goods...of the value of two hundred dollars current money as of his own proper goods". Roger B. Taney(1777-1864) 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. He is chiefly remembered for his decision in the Dred Scott case (1857), which stated that slaves were not citizens and that Congress had no power to prohibit slavery in territories. Toned. Lightly soiled. Top margin chipped and torn. Edges lightly worn and frayed. Light surface creases. Multiple folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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