Howard, Benjamin C. Summary

  • Last updated on November 11, 2022

Howard edited and reported the decisions of the Supreme Court from 1843 to 1861. He was elected as a U.S. representative from Maryland on four different occasions.

Howard was the son of a U.S. representative from Maryland. Howard pursued a degree in classical studies and graduated from Princeton College in 1809. Later he studied law, was admitted to the bar in Maryland, and practiced in Baltimore. During the War of 1812, Howard served valiantly, taking command of the Fifth Regiment and earning the rank of brigadier general. Howard was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses as a representative from Maryland (1829-1833). In 1835 he was commissioned by President Andrew Jackson to act as a peace emissary for the federal government in the controversy over the boundary line between Ohio and Michigan.Reporters, Supreme CourtReporters, Supreme Court

Howard was again elected as a representative from Maryland and served during the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Congresses (1835-1839). From 1843 to 1862 Howard served as the reporter of the decisions of the Supreme Court. Generally well liked by the members of the Court, he edited and reported many important decisions, including Jones v. Van Zandt (1847), the License Cases (1847), Luther v. Borden (1849), the Passenger Cases (1849), Scott v. Sanford (1857), and Ableman v. Booth (1859).

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License Cases

Passenger Cases

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Scott v. Sandford

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