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John Robert Clifford MP (1848 - 1933)

He was the first black attorney licensed in West Virginia. In two landmark cases before his state's Supreme Court, he attacked racial discrimination in education. Originally buried at Mount Hope Cemete...

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Henry Bascom Steagall MP (1873 - 1943)

co-sponsor of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1932 From History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 4 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Page 1616:

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George Denis Patrick Carlin (1937 - 2008)

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born in Manhattan, New York.[5][6] He was the younger son of now defunt new york sun advertising manager Patrick Carlin (1888–1945) and secretary Mary Beary (born...

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Dr. John Emerson (b. - 1843)

Dr. John Emerson (died 1843), was an owner of the slave Dred Scott. Scott often traveled with his master Dr. John Emerson, a surgeon in the U.S. Army, who was regularly transferred under Army comma...

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John F. A. Sanford (1806 - 1857)

John F. A. Sanford (1806-1857) was a frontiersman of the American west who worked with Native American tribes as an Indian agent. He later joined Pierre Chouteau, Jr. in a fur trapping and trading bu...

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Joseph R. Burton, U.S. Senator (1852 - 1923)

Joseph Ralph Burton (November 16, 1852 – February 27, 1923) was a lawyer and United States Senator from the state of Kansas. Early life Burton was born and reared on his father's farm near...

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Lambdin P. Milligan (1812 - 1889)

Lambdin Purdy Milligan (March 24, 1812 – December 21, 1899) was a lawyer, farmer, and a leader of the Knights of the Golden Circle during the American Civil War. In 1864, he was unlawfully giv...

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Floyd Abrams MP

Floyd Abrams (born July 9, 1936) is an American attorney at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He is an expert on constitutional law, and many arguments in the briefs he has written before the United States Supr...

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John Paul Frank (1917 - 2002)

John was a lawyer who played a key role in the 1966 U.S. Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona. He and his law partner, John J. Flynn, represented Ernesto Miranda, who was arrested in 1963 and confesse...

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John T. McTernan (1910 - 2005)

John T. McTernan, Prominent Defense Lawyer in McCarthy-Era Trials, Dies at 94 By DOUGLAS MARTIN Published: April 16, 2005 John T. McTernan, a left-wing legal gunslinger who prowled the nation to de...

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Benjamin Lynde, Jr. (1700 - 1781)

Benjamin Lynde, Jr., jurist, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 4 October, 1700; died there, 9 October, 1781, was graduated at Harvard in 1718, studied law, and practised in Massachusetts. He was chosen a m...

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Thomas Spencer, of Maine MP (c.1596 - 1681)

Thomas Spencer Birth: abt 1596- Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England Death: Dec 15 1681 - Berwick, York, Maine, USA Parents: unknown Wife: Patience Chadbourne summary He was a tavern ...

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Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1908 - 1999)

Harold Andrew Blackmun (November 12, 1908 – March 4, 1999) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1970 until 1994. He is best known as the author of Roe v. Wad...

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William J. Brennan, Jr., Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1906 - 1997)

William Joseph Brennan, Jr. (April 25, 1906 – July 24, 1997) was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1956 to 1990. As the seventh long...

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Warren E. Burger, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (1907 - 1995)

Warren Earl Burger (September 17, 1907 – June 25, 1995) was the 15th Chief Justice of the United States from 1969 to 1986. Although Burger was a conservative, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered ...

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Sheriff Joseph F. Shipp (1845 - 1925)

In 1906, Sheriff Joseph F. Shipp was a defendant in the only criminal trial in history of the U.S. Supreme Court. United States v. Shipp, 203 U.S. 563, was a ruling of the Supreme Court of the United...

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Herodias Porter MP (1623 - c.1692)

From Colorful Character - Interesting, Odd and Sometimes Scandalous Stories of Our Ancestors Herodias Long (1623-1705) also known as: Harwood, Horod & Hored Married first at 13 - divorced. Lived as...

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Edward Gorsuch MP (1795 - 1851)

Killed in the Christiana Riots while trying to recapture runaway slaves. Otherwise, he was supposedly an all-around nice guy. Edward Gorsuch (1795-1851) was a Baltimore County, Maryland farmer and sl...

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Thaddeus Stevens MP (1792 - 1868)

Thaddeus Stevens (April 4, 1792 – August 11, 1868), of Pennsylvania, was a Republican leader and one of the most powerful members of the United States House of Representatives. As chairman of th...

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Joseph P. Scarlet MP (1821 - 1882)

From Friends' Intelligencer and Journal, Volume 45 (Google eBook) Friends' Intelligencer Association, 1888 - Society of Friends. P. E. Gibbons. Page 490-491 "The motive of the persecution," ...

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J. Lee Rankin, U.S. Solicitor General (1907 - 1996)

James Lee "Lee" Rankin (July 8, 1907 – June 26, 1996) was the 31st United States Solicitor General. Early life Rankin was born in Hartington, Nebraska, the son of Herman P. and Lois Gable ...

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Rev. John Murray MP (1741 - 1815)

From John Murray (December 10, 1741-September 3, 1815), a preacher from the British Isles, became the most widely-known and respected voice of American Universalism during the last three decades of t...

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Judith Sargent Murray MP (1751 - 1820)

Judith Sargent Murray (1751–1820) was an early American advocate for women's rights, an essayist, playwright, poet, and letter writer. She was one of the first American proponents of the idea ...

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Elizabeth Grinstead MP (1630 - 1655)

Elizabeth Key (Kay), a mulatto servent, sued the estate of Colonel John Motram for her freedom. William Grinstead, a 20 year old Englishm an was her lawyer and the two of them fell in love. She became ...

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Strom Thurmond, Governor, U.S. Senator (1902 - 2003)

James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator. He also ran for the Presidency of the United States in 1948 as the seg...

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Levi Lincoln, US Congress (1749 - 1820)

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS with the rank of MINUTE MAN. DAR Ancestor #: A070444 Levi Lincoln, Sr. (May 15, 1749 – April 14, 1820) was an American revolutionary and ...

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Walter M. Pierce, Governor (1861 - 1954)

Walter Marcus Pierce (May 30, 1861 – March 27, 1954) was an American politician, a Democrat, who served as the 17th Governor of Oregon and a member of the United States House of Representative...

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Robert P. Casey, Governor (1932 - 2000)

Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey, Sr. (January 9, 1932—May 30, 2000) was an American politician from Pennsylvania. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 42nd Governor of Pennsylvania fr...

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Hon. Samuel Edmund Sewall (1799 - 1888)

Elbridge Henry Goss, The History of Melrose, County of Middlesex, Massachusetts, (The City of Melrose, 1902. Melrose, Mass.; A W Dunton & Co., Printers), "Electronic," Page 379. HON. SAMUEL EDMUND SE...

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Melville Weston Fuller, 8th Chief Justice of the United States MP (1833 - 1910)

Melville Weston Fuller (February 11, 1833 – July 4, 1910) was the Chief Justice of the United States between 1888 and 1910. ".... The decision for which the Fuller Court will always be rem...

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Walter E. Dellinger III (1941 - d.)

Walter Estes Dellinger III (born May 15, 1941) is the Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University and head of the appellate practice at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C. He also c...

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Frederick Bernays Wiener (1906 - 1996)

Frederick Bernays "Fritz" Wiener (1 June 1906 – 1 October 1996) was an American jurist specializing in military justice and constitutional law who became famous for the 1957 case of Reid v. Co...

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Charles Evans Hughes, Sr., Governor, U.S. Secretary of State, 11th Chief Justice of the United States MP (1862 - 1948)

Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. (April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was a lawyer and Republican politician from the State of New York. He served as the 36th Governor of New York (1907–1910), A...

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John C. Stennis, U.S. Senator (1901 - 1995)

John Cornelius Stennis (August 3, 1901 – April 23, 1995) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Mississippi. He was a Democrat who served in the Senate for over 41 years, becoming its most senio...

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Earl Warren MP (1891 - 1974)

Earl Warren (March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974) was the 14th Chief Justice of the United States and the only person elected Governor of California three times. Excerpt from Wikipedia Before hold...

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Samuel F. Phillips, U.S. Solicitor General (1824 - 1903)

Samuel Field Phillips (February 18, 1824 - November 18, 1903) was a civil rights pioneer, lawyer, politician, and U.S. Solicitor General (1872–1885). He took part in the landmark civil rights ...

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Albion W. Tourgée (1838 - 1905)

Albion Winegar Tourgée (May 2, 1838 – May 21, 1905) was an American soldier, Radical Republican, lawyer, judge, novelist, and diplomat. A pioneer civil rights activist, he founded the N...

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Hannah Wheeler (1763 - d.)

Notes "The racial aspect of the case is handled with considerable understatement, and, as the authors assert, would have been appropriate for the time. Wheeler’s wife Hannah, one of his accu...

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Ephraim Wheeler (1762 - 1806)

The case of Ephraim Wheeler is the only known example of the conviction and execution of a father for the rape of his daughter in early America. (1) "Impoverished, illiterate, a failed farmer who mar...

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Roswell Martin Field, Sr. (1807 - 1869)

Roswell Martin Field was famous for his representation of Dred Scott, the slave who sued for his freedom. Field filed the complaint in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case (sometimes referred to as "the law...

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Florence Kelley (1859 - 1932)

Florence Kelley (September 12, 1859 – February 17, 1932) was an American social and political reformer. Her work against sweatshops and for the minimum wage, eight-hour workdays, and children'...

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The Rev. Francis Brown (1784 - 1820)

) The Rev. Francis Brown (January 11, 1784 – July 27, 1820) served as the president of Dartmouth College. He graduated from the College in 1805 and from 1806–1809 held a tutorship there...

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Amos T. Akerman, U.S. Attorney General (1821 - 1880)

Amos Tappan Akerman (February 23, 1821 – December 21, 1880) served as United States Attorney General under President Ulysses S. Grant from 1870 to 1871. A native of New Hampshire, Akerman grad...

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Joseph Hopkinson (1770 - 1842)

Joseph Hopkinson (November 12, 1770 – January 15, 1842) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, and later a United States federal judge. Early life, education,...

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James Branch Cabell MP (1879 - 1958)

James Branch Cabell was the author of fifty-two books, including fantasy and science fiction novels, comedies of manners about post-bellum Richmond, works of genealogy, collections of short stories, es...

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David Dellinger (of the "Chicago Seven") (1915 - 2004)

David T. Dellinger (August 22, 1915 – May 25, 2004), was an influential American radical, a pacifist and activist for nonviolent social change. Chicago Seven Dellinger achieved peak no...

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Charlotte Anita Whitney (1867 - 1955)

Charlotte Anita Whitney (July 7, 1867 – February 4, 1955), best known as "Anita Whitney," was an American women's rights activist, political activist, suffragist, and early Communist Labor Par...

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Leonard B. Boudin (1912 - 1989)

Leonard B. Boudin (July 20, 1912- November 24, 1989) was an American civil liberties attorney and left-wing activist who represented Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame and Dr. Benjamin Spock, the ...

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Maury Maverick, Jr. (1921 - 2003)

. Maury Maverick, Jr. (January 3, 1921 – January 28, 2003) was an American lawyer, politician, activist, and columnist from the U.S. state of Texas. A member of the prominent Maverick family, ...

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Richard Peters (1780 - 1848)

) Richard Peters, Jr. (August 17, 1780 – May 2, 1848) was the fourth reporter of decisions of the United States Supreme Court, serving from 1828 to 1843. He was born in Belmont, Pennsylvan...

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Judge Samuel Sewall MP (1652 - 1730)

Samuel Sewall was a Massachusetts magistrate of the Court of Oyer and Terminer. Five years after the Salem Witch Trials, Sewall publicly regretted his role in the trials, the only magistrate involved t...

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Hamilton R.Gamble, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court (1798 - 1864)

Hamilton Rowan Gamble (November 29, 1798– January 31, 1864) was the chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court at the time of the Dred Scott Decision in 1852, when his colleagues voted to ove...

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Richard Henry Dana, Jr. MP (1815 - 1882)

Richard Henry Dana Jr. (August 1, 1815 – January 6, 1882) was an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts, a descendant of an eminent colonial family who gained renown as the author o...

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Alexander Hamilton, Signer of the US Constitution MP (1757 - 1804)

DAR Ancestor #: A050054 Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, and political philoso...

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Prudence Crandall MP (1803 - 1889)

Prudence Crandall was the leader of the first racially-integrated school for girls in America and is the Connecticut State Heroine. In 1831, Crandall opened an academy on the Canterbury Green to educ...

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Henry Menasco Wade (1914 - 2001)

Henry Menasco Wade (November 11, 1914 – March 1, 2001) was a Texas lawyer who participated in two of the most notable U.S. court cases of the 20th century, the prosecution of Jack Ruby for kil...

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Clarence Earl Gideon (1910 - 1972)

Clarence Earl Gideon (August 30, 1910 – January 18, 1972) was a poor drifter accused in a Florida state court of felony theft. His case resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Gid...

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Homer Plessy MP (1862 - 1925)

Homer Plessy (March 17, 1862 – March 1, 1925) was the American plaintiff in the United States Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. Arrested, tried and convicted in New Orleans of a vi...

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Madalyn Murray O'Hair (1919 - 2005)

Madalyn Murray O'Hair (April 13, 1919 – September 29, 1995) was an American atheist activist. She was the founder of the organization American Atheists and served as its president from 1963 to...

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Hugo Black, U.S. Senator, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (c.1886 - 1971)

Hugo Lafayette Black (February 27, 1886 – September 25, 1971) was an American politician and jurist. A member of the Democratic Party, Black represented Alabama in the United States Senate from ...

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Cornelius Vanderbilt MP (1794 - 1877)

Cornelius Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877), also known by the sobriquet Commodore,[1] was an American entrepreneur. He built his wealth in shipping and railroads and was the patriar...

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Aaron Ogden, Governor, U.S. Senator MP (1756 - 1839)

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW JERSEY with the rank of Major. DAR Ancestor #: A085700 Service: NEW JERSEY Rank: MAJOR Birth: 12-3-1756 ELIZABETHTOWN NEW JERSEY Death: 4-19-1839 JERS...

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Daniel Webster, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State MP (1782 - 1852)

US Congressional biography: WEBSTER, Daniel, (1782 - 1852) Senate Years of Service: 1827-41; 1845-1850 Party: Adams; Anti-Jacksonian; Whig WEBSTER, Daniel, a Representative from New Hampshire and a R...

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Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States MP (1913 - 1994)

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States (1969-1974). During his administration the United States withdrew its military forces from Vietnam and informally recognized the govern...

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Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the USA MP

Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. (born March 31, 1948) is an American environmental activist who served as the 45th Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. He is...

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George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States MP

George W. Bush July 6, 1946 New Haven, CT, USA Parents: George H. W. Bush June 12, 1924 and Barbara (Pierce) Bush June 9, 1925 Wife: Laura Welch November 4, 1946

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Dr. Elizur Butler (1794 - 1857)

DR. ELIZUR AND ESTHER BUTLER MISSIONARIES TO THE CHEROKEE INDIANS Buried in the grave sixty feet south of this point is Esther Post Butler. Born in Connecticut on September 15, 1795, Post mar...

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William Wirt, U.S. Attorney General (1772 - 1834)

) William Wirt (November 8, 1772 – February 18, 1834) was an American author and statesman who is credited with turning the position of United States Attorney General into one of influence. ...

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Samuel Worcester (1798 - 1859)

Samuel Austin Worcester (19 January 1798 – 20 April 1859), was a missionary to the Cherokee, translator of the Bible, printer and defender of the Cherokee's sovereignty. He was a party in Worc...

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Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America MP (1743 - 1826)

Thomas Jefferson was part of the Committee of Five appointed by the Continental Congress to draft the Declaration of Independence and the main author. The others were John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert ...

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John Adams, 2nd President of the USA, Signer of the Declaration of Independence MP (1735 - 1825)

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS. (SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ) DAR Ancestor # A000585 John Adams , 2nd President of the USA, met Abigail Smith and by 1762 they w...

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James Madison, 4th President of the USA MP (1751 - 1836)

James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 (O.S. March 5) – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and political theorist. He was the fourth President of the United States (1809–1817) and is ha...

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William Marbury, Jr. (1762 - 1835)

William Marbury (November 7, 1762–1835) was one of the "midnight judges" appointed by United States President John Adams the day before he left office. In an effort to prevent the incoming par...

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Judge John Howard Ferguson (1838 - 1915)

John Howard Ferguson (June 10, 1838 - November 12, 1915) was born the third and last child to baptist parents (John H. Ferguson & Sarah Davis Luce) on June 10, 1838 in Chilmark/Tisbury, Massachusetts...

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John Marshall Harlan, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1833 - 1911)

The Legacy of Two Justices From One Family — John Marshall Harlan and John Marshall Harlan II Unique in the history of the U.S. Judiciary is the service of two Harlans as associate justice...

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Henry Billings Brown, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1836 - 1913)

Henry Billings Brown (March 2, 1836 – September 4, 1913) was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from January 5, 1891, to May 28, 1906. He was the author of the opin...

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Peter Blow (1777 - 1832)

In the late 1790s, Dred Scott was born into slavery in Southampton County, Virginia, as property to the Peter Blow family.

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Henry Taylor Blow, US Congress (1817 - 1875)

Henry Taylor Blow (July 15, 1817 – September 11, 1875) was a two-term U.S. Representative from Missouri and an ambassador to both Venezuela and Brazil. Blow was born in Southampton County,...

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Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the U.S., Attorney General, and Secretary of the Treasury MP (1777 - 1864)

His most famous decision was that rendered in the Dred Scott case: that Congress had no power to exclude slavery from the territories - Myers 1697 -------------------- Roger Brooke Taney (pronounced ...

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Lieutenant John Merryman (Maryland militia) [petitioner in "Ex parte Merryman"] (1824 - 1881)

John Merryman (August 9, 1824 – November 15, 1881) was the petitioner in one of the best known habeas corpus cases of the American Civil War, a militia officer during the Civil War, and a Mary...

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John James Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States MP (1755 - 1835)

John Marshall (September 24, 1755 – July 6, 1835) was an American jurist and statesman who shaped American constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a center of power. Marshall was Chief...

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Judge John Lowell MP (1743 - 1802)

from John A. Lowell (June 17, 1743, in Newburyport, Massachusetts – May 6, 1802, in Roxbury), the son of Rev. John Lowell and Sarah Champney, was a respected lawyer, selectman, jurist, deleg...

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Mildred Delores Loving MP (1939 - 2008)

Photos ABC News, Virginia Wasn't Always for Lovers Sources Findagrave.com, Mildred Jeter Loving Wikipedia, Loving v. Virginia Wikipedia, Mildred and Richard Loving

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Richard Perry Loving MP (1933 - 1975)

Photos ABC News, Virginia Wasn't Always for Lovers Sources Findagrave.com, Richard Perry Loving Obituary, Richard Loving (The Free Lance-Star, Jul. 1, 1975)

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John Michael Doar MP

No official in the federal government knew Mississippi better than John Doar, lead prosecutor in the Mississippi Burning Trial. As a young attorney working within the Civil Rights Division of the Jus...

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Prince Boston MP (1750 - d.)

Prince Boston, the uncle of Absalom, was born into slavery on Nantucket in 1750, son of Boston and Maria, who were slaves of William Swain, a prominent Nantucket merchant. In 1773 Prince Boston made hi...

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Capt. Absalom Boston MP (1785 - 1855)

Absalom Boston (1785-1855) was a United States mariner who was the first African American captain to sail a whaleship with an all-black crew. He was born on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, And althoug...

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