Benjamin R. Curtis

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Benjamin Robbins Curtis
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: September 22, 1851 – September 30, 1857
Nominator Millard Fillmore
Predecessor Levi Woodbury
Successor Nathan Clifford
Party Whig
Religion Unitarian, then Episcopalian

Benjamin Robbins Curtis (November 4, 1809 – September 15, 1874) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is known for his dissent in Dred Scott v. Sanford - where the majority on the Court rule, amongst other things, that African Americans could not be citizens under the Constitution. Curtis disagreed, writing, "every free person born on the soil of a State, who is a citizen of that State by force of its Constitution or laws, is also a citizen of the United States."[1]


  1. Benamin Robbins Curtis (English). law.jrank.