CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT DOUBLE SIGNED 6/25 - HFSID 42941
Sale Price $450.00
ROGER B. TANEY
The Supreme Court Chief Justice, who delivered the infamous Dred Scott opinion in 1857, writes out legal plea for client while serving as a Maryland attorney
Autograph manuscript signed: "R.B. Taney Ptffs Atty" and "R.B. Taney" in faded black ink. 2 pages, 7¾x12½. June 25. Legal briefing regarding Taney's client Jonathon Davis' plea that he is not guilty of trespassing, as he is accused by a Mr. Roger Johnson. Titled on verso: "Jonathan Davis vs. Roger Johnson". 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. Normal mailing folds. Worn and soiled. Edges frayed with small tears. Toned. Creased throughout. Dark toned stains in top margin on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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