The Taney Court (1836–64)


Which two former justices on the Taney Court returned to the Supreme Court several times to argue cases?

Benjamin Curtis and John Campbell both left the Court and established very successful law practices. On numerous occasions, they presented arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Curtis argued more than fifty cases before the U.S. Supreme after he resigned in 1857. Some of the more notable cases he argued included Paul v. Virginia (1869), Hepburn v. Griswold (1870), and The Potomac (1869). He also served as a key member of President Andrew Johnson’s defense team during his impeachment trial in the Senate in 1868.

Campbell resigned from the Court in 1861 after his home state of Alabama seceded from the Union. He rebounded personally to establish a very successful law practice in his own right. He argued a number of times before the U.S. Supreme Court, in such trials as the Slaughterhouse Cases (1873), Chaffraix v. Shiff (1875), and Ketchum v. Duncan (1877).


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