|Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court|
From: January 12, 1858 – July 25, 1881
|Predecessor||Benjamin R. Curtis|
|19th Attorney General of the United States|
From: October 17, 1846 – March 17, 1848
|President||James K. Polk|
|Predecessor||John Y. Mason|
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. 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.