CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - AUTOGRAPH FRAGMENT SIGNED 07/25/1820 - HFSID 17130
ROGER BROOKE TANEY Fragment of a legal document signed by Roger Brooke Taney in 1820, 16 years before he was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Autograph fragment signed "R. B. Taney". Brown ink notations on verso. 1 page, 8x4¾. July 25, 1820.
Sale Price $425.00
ROGER BROOKE TANEY
Fragment of a legal document signed by Roger Brooke Taney in 1820, 16 years before he was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Autograph fragment signed "R. B. Taney". Brown ink notations on verso. 1 page, 8x4¾. July 25, 1820. Part of a legal document, showing the plaintiff and defendant in a case. This document 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, foxed and creased. Show-through from handwriting on verso touches handwriting but not signature. Irregular edges. Missing right corners. Lightly discolored along left and right edges. Folded once vertically and four times horizontally. Lightly discolored and light tears in left and right edges along on one horizontal fold. Otherwise in fine condition.
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