By Steven P. Brown

John McKinley and the Antebellum excellent Court offers a portrait folks splendid courtroom justice John McKinley (1780–1852) and offers a penetrating research of McKinley’s time and position, the exigencies of his circuit paintings, and the contributions he made to either American criminal heritage and Alabama.

 

Steven P. Brown rescues from obscurity John McKinley, one of many 3 Alabama justices, in addition to John Archibald Campbell and Hugo Black, who've served at the US splendid court docket. a local Kentuckian who moved in 1819 to northern Alabama as a land speculator and legal professional, McKinley used to be elected to the kingdom legislature 3 times and have become first a senator after which a consultant within the US Congress earlier than being increased to the very best courtroom in 1837. He spent his first 5 years at the courtroom presiding over the newly created 9th Circuit, which coated Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. His was once not just the most recent circuit, encompassing a sector that, as a result of its fresh payment, incorporated an enormous variety of criminal claims relating to estate, however it was once additionally the most important, the furthest from Washington, DC, and by way of some distance the main tricky to traverse.

 

While it is a thorough biography of McKinley’s lifestyles, it additionally info early Alabama kingdom politics and gives the most exhaustive money owed on hand of the inner workings of the antebellum superb court docket and the very actual demanding situations that observed the now-abandoned perform of circuit driving. In supplying the 1st indepth evaluation of the existence and ultimate court docket profession of Justice John McKinley, Brown has given us a compelling portrait of a guy lively within the best monetary, criminal, and political circles of his day.

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