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The Taney Arrest Warrant

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The Taney Arrest Warrant is a recent conjectural controversy in Abraham Lincoln scholarship. The standard version of the story avers that in late May or early June 1861 President Lincoln secretly ordered an arrest warrant for Roger B. Taney, the circuit-riding Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, but abandoned the proposal. The arrest order is said to have been in response to Taney’s Circuit Judge ruling in Ex parte Merryman, which found Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus to be unconstitutional.

The main details of the story come from a single document written in the 1880s.

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May 15th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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