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Martin Van Buren

Presidency

Who were Van Buren’s U.S. Supreme Court appointees?

Van Buren nominated two men to the U.S. Supreme Court: John McKinley in 1837 and Peter V. Daniel in 1841, shortly before he left office. McKinley, a U.S. Senator from Alabama, served fourteen years on the Court. He was actually a recess appointment to the court, as Congress had expanded the number of justices on the Court. Daniel was a Virginian politician and a federal district court judge appointed by Jackson in 1836. He served on the Court for approximately nineteen years.



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