Chief Justice of the United States; presided over the Dred Scott decision.
Autograph Document Signed three times, R.B. Taney pl[ainti]ffs Attorney at the conclusion of the document; Roger B. Taney in the text; and R.B. Taney on the docket, one page, legal folio, Frederick County, [circa April 1807]. A legal document related to the suit of Ruth Ashman vs. Henry M. Warfield, in a financial dispute.
Roger Taney was admitted to the bar in 1799 at Annapolis and served one year in the Maryland House of Delegates before settling down in Frederick, Maryland, to practice law. He returned to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1816, when he was elected to the state senate. Roger Taney later served as chief justice from 1835 to 1864; his court was noted for concerned rights granted by charter.