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Richmond in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Samuel Freeman Miller

Associate Justice U.S. Supreme Court, 1862-1890

 
 
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Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
1. Samuel Freeman Miller Marker
Inscription.  Born in Richmond, Kentucky, April 5, 1816; died in Washington, D.C., October 12, 1890. He graduated with honors at Transylvania College of Medicine, June, 1838. Having located in Barbourville in 1837, he studied law while practicing medicine, being admitted to the bar, March 22, 1847. He was dissatisfied with the pro-slavery article in Kentucky's constitution of 1849-50 and moved to the free state of Iowa (Keokuk), where he led in the organization of the Republican Party. His renown as a lawyer caused President Lincoln to appoint him to the Court, July 16, 1862, the Senate unanimously confirming the appointment at once. He was the most able jurist on the bench until his death. Justice John Marshall Harlan said of him: "It is safe to say that, with the exception of Chief Justice John Marshall, no American Judge has made a deeper impression upon the jurisprudence of this country than he."
 
Erected 1958 by The Madison County Fiscal Court.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included
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in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 22, 1847.
 
Location. 37° 44.863′ N, 84° 17.675′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from East Main Street (U.S. 25) near North 1st Street. Marker is located at the Madison County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond KY 40475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Madison County Courthouse 1862 (a few steps from this marker); County Named, 1786 / County Formed (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); James B. McCreary Hall of Justice (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frances E. Beauchamp / Prohibition Advocate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gov. James B. McCreary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Medal of Honor Winners (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Richmond (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Samuel Freeman Miller Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
2. Samuel Freeman Miller Marker
Samuel Freeman Miller Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, May 6, 2010
3. Samuel Freeman Miller Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 720 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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