On This Date in Legal History

On April 5, 1816, former Supreme Court Justice Samuel Freeman Miller was born in Kentucky.  By today’s standards he had a more unconventional background for a justice– he worked as a physician for about 10 years.  While practicing medicine, however, he decided to study law, and in 1847 he passed the Kentucky bar.  A few years later, because he didn’t agree with Kentucky’s position on slavery, he moved to Iowa.  There he formed a law firm partnership– Reeves and Miller– and became active in the Republican Party.  In 1862 President Lincoln nominated him to the United States Supreme Court.


Associate Justice Samuel F. Miller served on the United States Supreme Court from 1862 to 1890.

On July 21, 1862, Justice Taney swore him in as an Associate Justice, and he remained on the Court until his death.  Learn more about this Justice at http://goo.gl/iHEkNy.

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Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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