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Which U.S. Supreme Court justice graduated from college at age 14?

Justice John Archibald Campbell graduated from the University of Georgia at age 14. A child prodigy, he entered college at the age of 11. He served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1853 to 1861. He resigned his Court seat at the start of the Civil War and became the Confederate government’s assistant secretary of war. He eventually established a successful law practice in New Orleans and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the famous Slaughter House Cases in 1873. Samuel Blatchford also attended college as a youngster; he entered Columbia College when he was 14 and later graduated first in his class.



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