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Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864



  • Existence: 1777 - 1864

Roger Brooke Taney (March 17, 1777 – October 12, 1864) was the fifth Chief Justice of the United States, holding that office from 1836 until his death in 1864. He delivered the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), ruling that African Americans could not be considered citizens and that Congress could not prohibit slavery in the territories of the United States. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Taney served as the United States Attorney General and United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Andrew Jackson.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Daniel Webster memorandum

Webster Mss 835208
Identifier: Mss 835208
Overview In English.

Roger Brooks Taney letter

Mss 833525
Identifier: Mss 833525
Overview In English.