Today – March 17


Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Roger B. Taney – 5th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Portrait of Roger Brooke Taney
Portrait of Roger Brooke Taney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roger Brooke Taney (March 17, 1777 – October 12, 1864) was the fifth Chief Justice of the United States, holding that office from 1836 until his death in 1864. He was the first Roman Catholic to hold that office or sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also the eleventh United States Attorney General.

He is most remembered for delivering the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), that ruled, among other things, that African Americans, having been considered inferior at the time the Constitution was drafted, were not part of the original community of citizens and could not be considered citizens of the United States.

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