Supreme Court Trivia

Miscellaneous Trivia

Which justice killed a man in a duel?

Justice Henry Brockholst Livingston, who served on the Court from 1807 to 1823, killed a man in a duel in 1798. Livingston, who had switched from the Federalist Party to the Democratic-Republican Party, had written an article mocking the Federalists. An angry Federalist reportedly punched Livingston, which led to the duel. Some sources report that Livingston was actually involved in several duels and was prone to violence.


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