Daniel, Peter Vivian

Life Span
to
Full name
Peter Vivian Daniel
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Slave State
No. of Spouses
2
No. of Children
5
Family
Travers Daniel (father), Frances Moncure (mother), Lucy Randolph (first wife), Elizabeth Harris (second wife), Elizabeth Daniel (daughter)
Education
Princeton (College of New Jersey)
Occupation
Attorney or Judge
Political Parties
Jeffersonian Republican
Whig
Government
Supreme Court
Federal Court
State legislature
Other state government

Peter Vivian Daniel (American National Biography)

Scholarship
Daniel brought to the court a devotion to simple Jeffersonian agrarianism and an inveterate hatred of banks and corporations in general. Passionately committed to states' rights, state sovereignty, and limited government, he envisioned himself as a crusader against rising national power and economic consolidation and a defender of slavery. In a rapidly changing economic and social world, Daniel was doomed to fight a rearguard action against American progress and the irrepressible legal and constitutional developments that came with it. By the end of his eighteen years on the court, his voice was heard often in dissent.
E. Lee Shepard, "Daniel, Peter Vivian," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/11/11-00210.html.
How to Cite This Page: "Daniel, Peter Vivian," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/node/5530.