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Item #79411 Roger Brooke Taney: The Annual Address Delivered Before the American. Clarkson N. Potter, Roger B. Taney.
Roger Brooke Taney: The Annual Address Delivered Before the American..

Roger Brooke Taney: The Annual Address Delivered Before the American..

In Praise of Chief Justice Taney Potter, Clarkson N. [1825-1882]. [Taney, Roger B. (1777-1864)]. Roger Brooke Taney. The Annual Address Delivered Before the American Bar Association At its Fourth Annual Meeting, At Saratoga Springs, N.Y., August 18, 1881. Philadelphia: E.C. Markley & Son, Printers, 1881. 26 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Pamphlet in stiff printed wrappers, bound in three-quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to calf edges, gilt fillets and title to spine, endpapers added. Moderate toning, slight vertical fold line, front wrapper laid-down on stiff card, its lower outside corner lacking without loss to text, small clean tears to bottom edges of a few leaves, two mended with cellotape, text not affected. $250. * Only edition, reprinted from the proceedings of the fourth annual meeting of the American Bar Association. In addition to many other state and federal political and legal positions, Taney was chief justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1836 until his death in 1864. He is best known as the author of the majority opinion in the notorious Dred Scott decision (1857), which held that enslaved people residing in a free state or territory were not entitled to their freedom and that Black Americans were not and could never be citizens of the United States. Though the Dred Scott decision made Taney an object of disdain among some of his contemporaries, he was also praised by many and garnered respect during his long career in public service. This address reviews his career and compares his term on the Supreme Court with that of his predecessor, John Marshall. It is largely effusive in its praise for Taney, to whom Potter refers as "[in] the highest and best sense a Christian, a lawyer and a gentleman." Potter also emphasizes the distinction between Taney's writing in the Dred Scott opinion and his conduct and beliefs in his personal life, which were largely anti-slavery. OCLC locates 4 copies of this title in law libraries (Harvard, U.S. Supreme Court Library, Library of Congress, Social Law). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:707.

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