Strong wrote the Court majority opinion that upheld the Legal Tender Act of 1862 and the constitutional opinion that African Americans had a right to not be discriminated against in the selection of jurors.
After graduating from Yale Law School in 1828, Strong practiced law in Pennsylvania from 1832 to 1847. From 1847 to 1851 he served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1857 he was elected to the Pennsylvania supreme court. He remained on the bench until 1868, when he resigned to return to his private law practice.
In 1870 President Ulysses S. Grant nominated Strong and Joseph P. Bradley to the Supreme Court. Many congressmen believed that the nominations were a Court-packing scheme by Grant because of the Legal Tender Cases
Bradley, Joseph P.
Legal Tender Cases