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Benjamin Robbins Curtis

Born: Nov 4, 1809

Death: Sep 15, 1874

Birthplace: Watertown

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Benjamin Robbins Curtis

Date of Birth : Nov 4, 1809
Date of Death : Sep 15, 1874
Birth Place : Watertown

Benjamin Robbins Curtis was an American attorney and United States Supreme Court Justice. Curtis was the first and only Whig justice of the Supreme Court. He was also the first Supreme Court justice to have a formal legal degree and is the only justice to have resigned from the court over a matter of principle. He successfully acted as chief counsel for President Andrew Johnson during the first presidential impeachment trial and is notable as one of the two dissenters in the Dred Scott decision.


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