As a Supreme Court justice, Daniel was a defender of slavery and an opponent of corporations and federal authority.
Daniel began practicing law in 1808, was elected to the Virginia house of delegates in 1809, and served as lieutenant governor from 1818 to 1835. In 1836 he was appointed a federal judge by President Andrew Jackson. On February 27, 1841, he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Martin Van Buren. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 2 and took office in January of the next year.
Peter V. Daniel
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Although he opposed federal power, Daniel was a strong advocate of state authority. In West River Bridge Co. v. Dix
Admiralty and maritime law
Scott v. Sandford
West River Bridge Co. v. Dix