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Lot 253

Taney, Roger B (1777-1864) Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1836-64); best known for rendering the Dred Scott decision that made slavery legal in all territories. Manuscript Document Signed ("R.B. Taney") as attorney for the plaintiff, Frederick County (Maryland), February 14, 1804, 1 page, folio. An early legal document, missing 2 or 3 lines of text at lower edge, not affecting signature on top verso. Very Good. Dred Scott was a slave whose master had taken him from a slave state (Missouri) to a free state in 1834, then back to Missouri. Scott sued for his freedom in 1846, but Taney declared in 1857 that Scott had "no rights which any white man was bound to respect," and that the Missouri Compromise, which prohibited slavery in the territories, was unconstitutional.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.

Realized $150

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