Roger Brooke Taney: The Annual Address Delivered Before the American Bar Association, at Its Fourth Annual Meeting, at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., August 18th, 1881 (Classic Reprint) by Clarkson Nott Potter (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from Roger Brooke Taney: The Annual Address Delivered Before the American Bar Association, at Its Fourth Annual Meeting, at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., August 18th, 1881 From January, 1801, when Marshall succeeded Oliver Ellsworth as Chief-Justice, to December, 1864, when Salmon P. Chase - the great financial minister during the rebellion, whose services are, I think, hardly yet appreciated - was sworn into office, there had been but one instance of the induction of a Chief-Justice of the United States. During all that long period, embracing the life and activity of three generations, and embracing, indeed, almost the whole development of this nation, men had come and had gone, had filled great parts on the stage of life, and taken a leading share in the growth and progress of the people; but year after year, and administration after administration, the chief functionary upon this high tribunal had remained unchanged except in the single instance when John Marshall was succeeded as Chief-Justice by Roger Brooke Taney. For the first thirty-five years of the century Marshall had continued to be the most conspicuous figure in the judiciary of the country, and the leading mind in the determination of those constitutional questions which so largely divided parties and agitated the judgments of men; and for thirty years after Marshall, his successor equally arrested the attention of lawyers and of citizens all over the land, and contributed to maintain the reverence and admiration which have centred on this court. Both had been prominent and leading public men before they became judges; both as judges established the highest reputation for impartiality, worth, and ability. Both exercised over their court a controlling influence, and left their mark upon the law and jurisprudence of the day. Both, too, were men of the highest personal integrity, and, beyond that, had about them a certain simplicity of life and manner which savored of the Revolutionary time. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.