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Encyclopedia > Benjamin Robbins Curtis

Benjamin Robbins Curtis (4 November 1809 _ 15 September 1874) was an American attorney and United States Supreme Court Justice.


Curtis was born in 1809 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1832.


Curtis was appointed to the Supreme Court on 22 September 1851 by President Millard Fillmore. He was notable as one of the two dissenters in the Dred Scott case. Curtis resigned in 1857 to return to his legal practice. In 1868, He served as President Andrew Johnson's lead defense attorney during the impeachment proceedings.



Preceded by:
Levi Woodbury
Associate Justice Succeeded by:
Nathan Clifford





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Benjamin Robbins Curtis Summary (542 words)
Curtis was born in 1809 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Curtis was appointed to the Supreme Court on 22 September 1851 by President Millard Fillmore.
Curtis resigned in 1857 from the court because of the bitter feelings engendered by the case.
Benjamin Robbins Curtis (602 words)
CURTIS, Benjamin Robbins, jurist, born in Watertown, Massachusetts, 4 November 1809; died in Newport, R. I., 15 September 1874.
In the impeachment trial of President Johnson in 1868 Judge Curtis was one of the counsel for the defense.
Curtis held the office of U. commissioner, and as such, in 1851, returned to his master a fugitive slave named Thomas Sims, for which act he was severely denounced by the abolitionists.
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