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Reverdy Johnson letter, 1856 Aug. 26.
Wyles SC 128LOCAL
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Reverdy Johnson letter, 1856 Aug. 26


Johnson, Reverdy, 1796-1876, creator


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One holograph letter written and signed by Reverdy Johnson to a lawyer regarding a case, possibly the Dred Scott case, that might go the Attorney General for consideration.


1856 (issued)


Johnson, Reverdy -- 1796-1876 -- Correspondence
Maryland -- History -- 1775-1865


Included in folder are a written transcription of the letter and three printouts containing biographical information about Reverdy Johnson.
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Reverdy Johnson was born in Annapolis, Maryland on May 21, 1796 and graduated in 1812 from St. John's College in Annapolis and then studied law. From 1821 to 1825, he served in the Maryland State Senate and he represented Maryland in the United States Senate as a Whig from 1845 to 1849. He was Attorney General of the United States from March 1849 to July 1850 under President Zachary Taylor. Although he opposed slavery, he represented the slave-owning defendant in the famous 1857 case Dred Scott v. Sandford. He served as a Maryland delegate to the Peace Convention of 1861 and from 1861 to 1862 served in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was appointed Mininster to Great Britain in 1868 but was recalled by President Grant in 1869. He died in Annapolis, Maryland on February 10, 1876.
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Cite as: [Identification of item], Reverdy Johnson letter. Wyles SC 128. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.


Letters (correspondence)

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1 item (1 leaf) ; 21 x 13 cm.






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Use of the collection is unrestricted.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.