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Johnson, William

Born: 1771 AD
Died: 1834 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Jurist

1771 – Johnson, William born in Charleston, South Carolina on the 27th of December. He is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

1790 – He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) with the highest honors of the class and studied law as an apprentice to the office of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.

1793 – Admitted to the bar.

1794 – 1796 – He was chosen to represent Charleston in the state legislatures, the last term as Speaker of the South Carolina House.

1804 – He was made a judge, then appointed an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.

1808 – He ruled that President Jefferson, whose constitutional views he generally supported, nevertheless did not have the right to refuse clearance for 5 ships in the Charleston harbor. Jefferson and Attorney-General Cesar A. Rodney argued against the decision, claiming that such an action placed the executive branch subordinate to the judicial branch.

1830 – South Carolina faced a secession crisis, He was so concerned about maintaining judicial neutrality that he moved to western Pennsylvania.

1834 – Died on the 11th of August in Brooklyn, New York.