Nathan Clifford

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Nathan Clifford
Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   James Buchanan
Active:   1/12/1858-7/25/1881
Preceded by:   Benjamin Robbins Curtis
Succeeded by:   Horace Gray
Personal History
Born:   August 18, 1803
Hometown:   Rumney, NH
Deceased:   July 25, 1881
Law School:   Read law, 1827

Nathan Clifford (1803-1881) was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1858 after a nomination from Justice James Buchanan. He served until his death on July 25, 1881. Prior to joining the court, he was a private practice attorney in Maine.[1]

Clifford was the only justice nominated to the Supreme Court by President Buchanan who was confirmed to the court. Clifford served during The Taney Court, The Chase Court and The Waite Court.[2]


Clifford received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1849-1857: Attorney in private practice, Portland, Maine
  • 1848-1849: U.S. Minister to Mexico
  • 1846-1848: Attorney General of the United States
  • 1843-1846: Attorney in private practice, Newfield, Maine
  • 1839-1843: U.S. Representative from Maine
  • 1834-1838: State Attorney General, Maine
  • 1832-1834: Speaker, Maine House of Representatives
  • 1830-1834: Member, Maine House of Representatives
  • 1827-1830: Attorney in private practice, Newfield, Maine[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Clifford was nominated by President James Buchanan on December 9, 1857, to fill the vacancy left by Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 12, 1858, and received commission that same day. Clifford served until his death on July 25, 1881.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Horace Gray.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Benjamin Robbins Curtis
Supreme Court
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Horace Gray