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Roger Brooke Taney, 1777 - 1864

Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

 
 
Roger Brooke Taney, 1777 - 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 26, 2014
1. Roger Brooke Taney, 1777 - 1864 Marker
Inscription. Roger Brooke Taney was born in Calvert County, Maryland. After serving as attorney general of the U.S. and secretary of the Treasury, he was sworn in as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 15, 1836. He served until his death in 1864.

Although Taney considered slavery an evil, he believed its abolition had to be led by the states in which slavery existed. He freed his own slaves when he inherited them and provided pensions to those too old to work.

In the infamous Dred Scott v. Sanford decision, Taney wrote that persons of African descent did not possess rights of citizenship, because, he said, the framers had not included blacks, either free or enslaved, in the original community of people covered by the Constitution. The court also held that the 1820 Missouri Compromise which prohibited slavery in the western territories, was unconstitutional.

Aside from the Dred Scott decision, Taney is considered by many legal scholars and historians to have been a great magistrate and a distinguished chief justice.

Photo
Roger Brook Taney
Bendann Bros, 1850-1864
Maryland State Archives

Monument
Roger Brook Taney
William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874)
Bronze, 1872
Maryland State Archives
 
Location. 38° 58.721′ N, 76° 

Roger Brooke Taney Statue image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 26, 2014
2. Roger Brooke Taney Statue
29.441′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on State Circle. Touch for map. Marker is on the East side of the State House. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dred Scott, 1700 - 1858 (here, next to this marker); General Washington (a few steps from this marker); Matthew Alexander Henson (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary's City Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Maryland (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland State House (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred to the Memory of Baron de Kalb (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Maryland State House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Also see . . .  Roger Brooke Taney Biography - biographybase.com. (Submitted on July 26, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 26, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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