CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED THREE TIMES - HFSID 253908
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ROGER B. TANEY
Roger B. Taney signs an autograph document three times.
Autograph Document Signed: "Roger Brooke Taney" in text and "R.B. Taney" twice as Attorney for the Plaintiff, 2p, 7¾x9¾, front and verso. Frederick County, Maryland, no date but circa early 1812.In addition to writing his name in full on the first page, Taney has signed at end of document and on docket panel at right margin of verso.In full: "Major Hedges late of Frederick County yeoman was attached to answer unto Jacob Stimmel in a plea wherefore with force and arms and so forth, he broke and entered the dwelling House of the said Jacob, situate & living in Frederick County aforesaid, & made a great noise disturbance & affray therein, & there continued for a long space of time making a great noise disturbance and affray therein, and other wrongs to the said Jacob then and there did to the great damage of the said Jacob and against the peace government and dignity of the State of Maryland and so forth and whereupon the said Jacob by Roger Brooke Taney his attorney complains, that the said [illegible] heretofore to wit on the Seventh day of February in the year eighteen hundred and twelve at Fredericks Country aforesaid with force and arms, that is to say with swords and Pistols, broke and entered the said dwelling house of the said Jacob, there situate and living, and there and then made a great noise and disturbance [word crossed out] and affray therein, & there then continued for a long space of time to wit for the space of one hour, making all that time a great noise disturbance and affray therein. To the great terror and alarm of the said Jacob and other wrongs to the said Jacob there and then did to the great damage of the said Jacob and against the peace government and dignity of the State of Maryland and so forth - wherefore the said Jacob saith he is injured & hath sustained damage to the value of one thousand Dollars current money & therefore he brings suit and so forth." Also signed by two additional attorneys at end of document. Roger Brooke Taney (1777-1864), who was born and raised 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 1806. This document was written during Taney's early legal career. 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 September 23, 1833. Taney served until June 24, 1834, when his appointment was rejected by the U.S. 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 creased with folds. 1½-inch separation at left margin at lower horizontal fold. Shaded at horizontal folds. Show through of ink. Chipped at left edge and at right edge beneath lower horizontal fold. Ink smudged at some words. Overall, fragile condition.
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