Nathan Clifford

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Nathan Clifford
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: January 12, 1858 – July 25, 1881
Nominator James Buchanan
Predecessor Benjamin R. Curtis
Successor Horace Gray
19th Attorney General of the United States
From: October 17, 1846 – March 17, 1848
President James K. Polk
Predecessor John Y. Mason
Successor Isaac Toucey
Party Democrat
Religion Unitarian

Nathan Clifford (August 18, 1803 – July 25, 1881) was an Attorney General of the United States and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was a states-rights Democrat in the mold of Andrew Jackson who served on a Court of Republicans; as a result, many of his opinions were dissents.[1] He wan an anti-abolishionist, who upheld a fugitive slave law in Ableman v. Booth. Chief Justice Morrison Waite, who Clifford briefly served with, once declared that he assigned Clifford only one of the 66 significant constitutional cases between 1874 and 1881.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nathan Clifford (English) (HTML). law.jrank.