John Catron

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John Catron
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: March 8, 1837 – May 30, 1865
Nominator Andrew Jackson
Predecessor (none)
Successor (none)
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Matilda Childress
Religion Presbyterian
Military Service
Allegiance The United States
Battles/wars War of 1812

John Catron (January 7, 1786 – May 30, 1865) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. A supporter of state rights, Catron nevertheless did not support secession, and left his native Tennessee because of his opposition to the Confederacy.[1] He did, however, support slavery, and voted with the majority of the Court in Dred Scott v. Sanford.[2] During the Civil War, Catron broadly interpreted the government's war powers.[2]


  1. John Catron (English). Oyez. Chicago-Kent School of Law.
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Catron (English). law.jrank.