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The Marshall Court (1801–35)

Introduction

Which justice’s bizarre behavior negatively impacted the Marshall Court at times?

Justice Henry Baldwin’s bizarre behavior became an issue on the Marshall Court. He disrupted conferences and became very disagreeable with his fellow justices. Baldwin suffered from a mental illness that caused his erratic behavior. His behavior deteriorated to the point that he was hospitalized for “lunacy” in 1833. Some sources say that Baldwin suffered from a type of obsessive compulsive disorder. He returned to the bench and served until his death in 1844.



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