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Associate Justice Benjamin R. Curtis Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 4, 1809 in Watertown, Massachusetts
Died: September 15, 1874 in Newport, Rhode Island
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Benjamin R. Curtis (1809-1874, born in Watertown, Massachusetts) served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court until he resigned in 1857. Curtis, who had written one of the two dissenting opinions in the 1857 Dred Scott case, resigned due to the bitter feelings engendered by the case. One of the nation's leading lawyers, Curtis was Chief Counsel to Andrew Johnson at the President's impeachment trial in 1868.

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