Cranch, William

2nd Supreme Court Reporter, administered oaths of office to Presidents Tyler & Fillmore while District of Columbia Chief Judge

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(1769-1855) Nephew of Abigail Adams, graduated Harvard 1789, studied law, admitted to the bar 1790. In 1794 moved to Washington, and in 1801 his uncle, President Adams, appointed him Assistant Judge of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, like Marbury, becoming one of Adams’ “midnight judges”. In 1805 Jefferson named him Chief Justice of the Court, an office he held to 1855. As Chief Judge he swore in Presidents Tyler and Fillmore, each assuming the presidency upon the death of their predecessor. While Chief Judge only two of his decisions were overruled by the Supreme Court. Cranch was 2nd Supreme Court Reporter (1801-15) and published 9 volumes of Supreme Court reports and 6 volumes of reports of the DC Circuit Court (1801-41). At the time, the reporter was an unofficial post and Cranch used his own funds to produce the reports, taking on the responsibility because of his respect for precedent. He was slow in producing his reports of cases and their accuracy was questioned. He also prepared a code of laws for the District, published a memoir of John Adams (1827), and in 1831 an address on temperance. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. 5 x 4 religion-related ANS as Chairman of the Committee of Management, np, June 19 1836, to Rev. Mr. Miles, asks him to post a notice to the effect that members of the society are to meet the next Sabbath after morning service. Cranch autograph and manuscript materials are quite uncomon!

Condition: Very good
Type:ANS






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