Samuel Nelson

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Samuel Nelson
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: February 14, 1845 – November 28, 1872
NominatorJohn Tyler
PredecessorSmith Thompson
SuccessorWard Hunt
Party Democrat
Religion Protestant

Samuel Nelson (November 10, 1792 – December 13, 1873) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was appointed to the Court by President John Tyler after the Senate had rejected Tyler's two prior nominees.[1] Nelson wrote the original opinion in the Dred Scott v. Sanford - where he avoided the question of slavery, but pressure from Southern justices scrapped his opinion and replaced it with Chief Justice Roger Taney's more inflammatory one.[2]


  1. Samuel Nelson (English) (HTML). Oyez. Chicago-Kent School of Law.
  2. Samuel Nelson (English) (HTML). law.jrank.
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