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Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney - wrote what became regarded as the opinion for the Court on the Dred Scott case, holding that Congress had no authority to restrict the spread of slavery into federal territories. Dred Scott v. Sandford decision is considered to have indirectly been a cause of the Civil War. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_B._Taney

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Roger Brooke Taney (March 17, 1777 – October 12, 1864) was the fifth Chief Justice of the United States, holding that office from 1836 until his death in 1864. He was the first Roman Catholic to hold that office or sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also the eleventh United States Attorney General.

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Biography: Dred Scott

This short biography focuses on Dred Scott, an enslaved person who sued for his freedom during the 1850s. In 1857, the case Scott v. Sanford was brought before the US Supreme Court. The decision, issued by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, affirmed that the suit had no basis because Scott was not a citizen of the United States.

Roger B. Taney - Brady-Handy.jpg Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in the Dred Scott V. Sanford case (The Dred Scott Decision)

ROGER B. TANEY Cutter-Gaffelschoner 1833 :: Historische Modellschiffe v. Hans Michel