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Black, Jeremiah Sullivan

Born: 1810 AD
Died: 1883 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Diplomat, Lawyers


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.


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