CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/10/1856 - HFSID 327892
ROGER B. TANEY A signed handwritten letter from Taney dated 1856 while in Baltimore, writing that he feels his health has improved there and that he will leave within the next couple of days to return to Washington Autograph letter signed: "R.B.T.", in black ink, 5¾x7. October 10, 1856.
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ROGER B. TANEY
A signed handwritten letter from Taney dated 1856 while in Baltimore, writing that he feels his health has improved there and that he will leave within the next couple of days to return to Washington
Autograph letter signed: "R.B.T.", in black ink, 5¾x7. October 10, 1856. In part: "My dear Sir You will see by the date of this letter that I have not yet returned to Washington - writing yours from Baltimore has been forwarded to my house. Thinking that my health was improving at this place, I have lingered at the spring until the usual season is passed, and mostly all the nation have left it except my own family - I propose to leave here on the 14th". Roger 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. Multiple folds. Lightly toned. Small tear on front right edge at fold. Corners lightly worn and creased. Bottom right corner clipped from verso. Pencil notes (unknown hand) throughout letter and on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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