First edition. Very rare book. Contains a rare James Williams printed bookplate of federal judge Noah Haynes Swayne who was appointed by president Lincoln. Noah Swayne was the first of Lincoln's five appointments to the Supreme Court . Also a signature of Christine siebeneck swayne His daughter and American poet. ( John McLean was one of two dissenters in the Dred Scott case. He sought the Republican nomination for President in 1860, losing to Abraham Lincoln. However, he recommended to Lincoln on a number of occasions that Swayne be nominated to replace him on the court. This proved timely; McLean died in April 1861, shortly after Lincoln's inauguration. As the American Civil War began, Swayne campaigned for the vacant seat, lobbying several Ohio members of Congress for their support. As the Oyez Project notes: "Swayne satisfied Lincoln's criteria for appointment: commitment to the Union, slavery opponent, geographically correct."
It is also believed that Swayne had also represented fugitive slaves in court. So eight months after McLean's death, Swayne was nominated, on January 21, 1862. The nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 24, 1862, with Swayne receiving his commission the same day.
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