CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED 06/24/1814 - HFSID 155494
Sale Price $450.00
ROGER BROOKE TANEY
List of expenses in a legal case, endorsed by Roger Brooke Taney. This document was signed when Taney was a Maryland attorney and long before he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Autograph endorsement signed "Mr. Ritchie/I gave as above/R. B. Taney" on docket. 2 pages, 7¾x9¼, 1 sheet folded, docketed on verso. Black and brown ink notations in unknown hand. 2¼-inch diameter paper seal inside document. Postmarked Baltimore, June 24. List of expenses from the case of Berick Keyser v. Louis Weaver. Taney signed this document 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. 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. Lightly toned, foxed, soiled and creased. Notations and postmark touch handwriting but not signature. Wax seal remnant on docket. Random ink stains. Folded twice horizontally and four times vertically. Lightly stained at bottom edge along leftmost fold. Lightly torn along two leftmost folds. Light separations along spine. Otherwise in fine condition.
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