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Peter V. Daniel

Extremely rare signature of Justice Daniel

Peter Vivian Daniel, 1784–1860.  Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, 1841–1860.  Extremely rare signature, P V Daniel, on a 7/8" x 3" slip of paper clipped from a larger document. 

President Andrew Jackson appointed Daniel, a former Virginia lieutenant governor, to the federal district court in Virginia in 1836.  Five years later, President Martin Van Buren appointed him to the Supreme Court.  As a Justice, Daniel supported the institution of slavery and wrote a concurring opinion in the Courtʼs most infamous decision, Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), in which the Court declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional and largely paved the way for the Civil War four years later.

Daniel was the most frequent dissenter on the Taney Court.  Of his 74 written opinions, 50 were dissents.

Danielʼs autograph material is extremely rare.  This is the first Daniel piece that we have ever offered.

The signature has been tipped to a second piece of paper of the s same size.  Daniel has signed in brown.  The piece has light toning and an old dealer's pencil notation on the back.  It is in fine condition and a must have for any Supreme Court collection. 





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