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.
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.