During his five years on the Supreme Court, Barbour supported states’ rights over the authority of the federal government.
Barbour began practicing law in 1802. He was elected to Congress in 1814, where he served as Speaker of the House from 1821 to 1823. In Cohens v. Virginia
Philip P. Barbour
Jackson nominated Barbour to the Court on December 28, 1835. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 15, 1836, and took the oath of office on May 12. During his relatively brief career on the Court, he usually agreed with the majority as it turned away from supporting the power of the federal government over the states. In New York v. Miln
New York v. Miln
States’ rights and state sovereignty