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Taney, Roger Brooke

Roger Brooke Taney, detail

Trained at Dickinson College, Roger Taney was the most important jurist of the era, Chief Justice of the United States from 1836 to 1864. By the Civil War, he was also one of the country’s most controversial figures, author of the Dred Scott decision and the principal northern wartime opponent of Abraham Lincoln.

Life span: 
03/17/1777 to 10/12/1864
Dickinson Connection: 
Class of 1795


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