Benjamin Robbins Curtis

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Benjamin Robbins Curtis
Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Millard Fillmore
Active:   12/20/1851-9/30/1857
Preceded by:   Levi Woodbury
Succeeded by:   Nathan Clifford
Personal History
Born:   November 4, 1809
Hometown:   Watertown, MA
Deceased:   September 15, 1874
Undergraduate:   Harvard, 1829
Law School:   Harvard Law

Benjamin Robbins Curtis (1809-1874) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1851 after a nomination from President Millard Fillmore. Prior to joining the court, Curtis was a private practice attorney. He resigned from the Supreme Court on September 30, 1857, to return to private practice. Curtis passed away on September 15, 1874.[1]

Curtis was the only nominee of President Fillmore's confirmed to the Supreme Court, though he nominated four justices. Curtis served during The Taney Court.


Curtis received his A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1829 and a law degree from Harvard Law School.[1]

Professional career

Prior to joining the court, Curtis was an attorney in private practice in Massachusetts.[1] He also served in the Massachusetts State Legislature, where one of his accomplishments was the creation of the Massachusetts Practice Act of 1851, a judicial reform bill.[2]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Curtis received a recess appointment from President Millard Fillmore on September 22, 1851. On December 11, 1851, Curtis was officially nominated. He was confirmed by the Senate on December 20, 1851, and received commission that same day. He resigned on September 30, 1857.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Nathan Clifford.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Levi Woodbury
Supreme Court
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Nathan Clifford