THE MORRISON R. WAITE COURT - ANNOTATED DOCUMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1874 CO-SIGNED BY: ASSOCIATE JUSTICE NATHAN CLIFFORD, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM STRONG, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE SAMUEL F. MILLER, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JOSEPH P. BRADLEY, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DAVID D. DAVIS, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE STEPHEN J. FIELD, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WARD HUNT, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE NOAH H. SWAYNE, CHIEF JUSTICE MORRISON R. WAITE - HFSID 348158
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THE MORRISON R. WAITE SUPREME COURTAll nine Reconstruction Era Supreme Court Justices signed this sheet that's been beautifully framed Annotated Document Signed: "M. R. Waite", "Nathan Clifford", "Samuel F. Miller", "Stephen J. Field", "Jos. P. Bradley", "Noah H. Swayne", "David Davis ", "Wm. Strong", and "Ward Hunt". In addition, each Justice signed Associate or Chief Justice under their names as appropriate. One page. 13½x18 vellum paper bearing an ornate engraved heading. Vignette depicts Lady Justice seated. Although undated, from the make-up of the Court, this document was signed between 1870 and 1877. Also includes a black and white 9½x4½ image of all nine men seated with Chief Justice Waite in the middle. MORRISON WAITE (1816-1888) was Chief Justice from 1874 until his death in 1888. This Supreme Court had the unique opportunity to help select the President of the United States during the election of 1876. Neither Rutherford B. Hayes nor Samuel J. Tilden collected enough electoral college votes to win outright, so a commission of 15 men - 5 Senators, 5 Representatives, and 5 Justices - were selected to choose who won. Two Democratic Party Justices, two Republican Party Justices, and one Independent Justice were selected: Nathan Clifford, Stephen Field, Samuel Miller, William Strong, and David Davis (the Independent). However, Davis ran for Senate in 1876 and won! Upon his selection for the commission as a Supreme Court Justice, he resigned his seat to take his Senate seat.He was chosen for the commission (and effectively as the deciding vote) due to his impartiality. The rest of the Supreme Court Justices were Republican, so the Justice thought least impartial among the rest was selected: Joseph Bradley. The commission then voted along party lines, 8-7, to elect Republican Rutherford B. Hayes to the Oval Office. Document toned and lightly worn. Frame chipped in places along edges and corners, particularly the bottom edge and the bottom-right corner. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 42x26.
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