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Benjamin Robbins Curtis

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Benjamin Robbins Curtis (4 November 1809 - 15 September 1874) was an American attorney and United States Supreme Court Justice.

Curtis was born in 1809 in Watertown, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1832.

Curtis was appointed to the Supreme Court on 22 September 1851 by President Millard Fillmore. He was notable as one of the two dissenters in the Dred Scott case. Curtis resigned in 1857 to return to his legal practice. In 1868, He served as President Andrew Johnson's lead defense attorney during the impeachment proceedings.


Preceded by:
Levi Woodbury
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
October 10, 1851September 30, 1857
Succeeded by:
Nathan Clifford

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