1820 – Born on the 9th of March in Auburn, New York. He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
1837 – He was educated at Columbia College, graduating when he was 17 years old.
1840 – He served as the private secretary to Governor William H. Seward.
– He studied law while working for the governor and then entered into private practice with his father and uncle.
1844 – He married Caroline Frances Appleton in Boston.
1854 – He moved to New York City and started a law firm, Blatchford, Seward & Griswold, now known as Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
– He became well known for preparing summaries of United States circuit court cases, serving for a time as reporter of decisions for the Circuit Court in New York, and developed a lucrative practice in admiralty law.
1867 – President Andrew Johnson appointed Blatchford to be a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
1882 – Blatchford was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Chester A. Arthur after two other candidates, Senator George F. Edmunds and former Senator Roscoe Conkling, declined.
– Blatchford served as a trustee of Columbia College and enjoyed collecting calendars and almanacs.
1893 – He died on the 7th of July in Newport, Rhode Island, at age seventy-three.