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Authograph Letter Signed By Reverdy Johnson, U.S. Senator, Attorney General and Defense Attorny in the Dred Scott Case

Johnson, Reverdy (Scott, Dred)

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Handwritten letter on two sides of a sheet folded quarto and dated from Baltimore, 12 March, (18)53. One paragraph in Johnson's almost illegible hand but (so far as we can decipher it) seemingly on the subject of a $30 payment made by Johnson for an item not received in its entirety. Signed in full, "Reverdy Johnson". Usual mailing folds otherwise clean. Reverdy Johnson (1796-1876) was a native of Annapolis, Maryland. He served as in the U.S. Senate from 1845 to 1849 and became Attorney General of The United States under Zachary Taylor 1849-50. He again served in the Senate from 1863 to 1868 where he was a leader for a gentler form of Reconstruction. Most notably, Johnson was the attorney for the slave-owning defendant John F.A. Sanford in the landmark Dred Scott case. Though staunchly pro-Union and personally against slavery, Johnson ultimately won the case which was finally decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1857. Bookseller Inventory # X142

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