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This Day in Georgia History

January 14, 1835

James M. Wayne Supreme Court Justice

Savannahian James M. Wayne was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Appointed by Pres. Andrew Jackson, Wayne participated in the controversial Dred Scott decision. Despite the secession of his home state, Wayne remained on the Supreme Court – prompting some in the Confederacy to label him a traitor and confiscate his property. He continued serving on the Supreme Court until his death in 1867.