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.