1810 – Born on the 10th of January in Stony Creek, Pennsylvania. American cabinet officer and attorney general during President James Buchanan’s administration who counseled a firm stand by the federal government against secession.
1827 – He was apprenticed to a lawyer.
1830 – Primarily self-educated, Black served his legal apprenticeship in the offices of a prominent attorney, then was himself admitted to the bar.
1836 – Black married Forward’s daughter and they had two children.
1842 – He was appointed judge of the district court, and nine years later, he was elected to the state supreme court.
1851 – He was a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
1851-1854 – He served as Chief Justice.
1857-1860 – Became the Attorney General of the United States.
– He served President James Buchanan as US attorney general, defending federal laws and the Democratic Party.
1860 – He was the U.S. Secretary of States.
– During Lincoln’s election as president, Buchanan appointed Black secretary of state and he struggled in vain to maintain the union.
1861-1862 – Became reporter of decisions to the Supreme Court of the United States.
– He became despondent as the Civil War spread, but back in Pennsylvania, he regained fame and fortune in California land cases.
1864 – Black left the Court and returned to private practice in Pennsylvania.
1883 – He died on 19th of August in Brockie, Pennsylvania, USA.