Prior to joining the supreme court taney served as the united states attorney general and united states secretary of the treasury under president andrew jackson taney was born into a wealthy slave owning family in calvert county maryland . In preparing the long awaited second edition of his well liked text kent newmyer consulted the best and most relevant of the recent scholarship on the antebellum court prompting him to revise important points in the story of the courts evolution. Presiding over the supreme court for the first time in january 1837 taney wore plain democratic trousers not knee breeches under his robe the court was entering a new era a law passed in march added two new judicial circuits in the southwest and two associates justices. Taney court decisions this is a partial chronological list of cases decided by the united states supreme court decided during the taney court the tenure of chief justice roger b taney from march 28 1836 through october 12 1864. Summary of major supreme court decisions under marshall and through taney how to use this webpage this is a tool for seeing the patterns in the supreme court under marshall and taney and how corporations contracts and the national government including the supreme court got its power
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