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CHIEF JUSTICE ROGER B. TANEY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/23/1812 - HFSID 168352

ROGER BROOKE TANEY Partially printed document filled out and signed by Roger Brooke Taney regarding a £20 civil suit, signed when he was a Maryland attorney Partially printed document signed "R. B. Taney" on docket. Black ink notations on docket in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x13.

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ROGER BROOKE TANEY
Partially printed document filled out and signed by Roger Brooke Taney regarding a £20 civil suit, signed when he was a Maryland attorney
Partially printed document signed "R. B. Taney" on docket. Black ink notations on docket in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x13. Frederick County, Maryland, March 23, 1812. This document is a document pertaining to a £20 suit brought against James Henderson by Ephraim Davis. Taney wrote and signed while he was an attorney in Maryland. 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, stained, soiled and creased. Show-through touches signature. Burn hole touches handwriting. Missing bottom right corner. Irregular edges. Folded thrice and unfolded. Light tear in right edge along fold. Light nicks in left edge along folds. Otherwise in fine condition.

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