The Taney Court (1836–64)


Which member of the Taney Court was a former high school teacher?

Justice Robert Cooper Grier, nominated by President James K. Polk in 1846, taught Latin and Greek at his father’s school, Northumberland Academy, in his home state of Pennsylvania. When his father died, Grier succeeded him as the school’s headmaster before moving on to a career in law.

Several years before he became a U.S. Supreme Court justice, John A. Campbell served as assistant secretary of war for the Confederate government. Brady-Handy Photographic Collection/Library of

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