ROGER B. TANEY Roger B. Taney signed this document as President Andrew Jackson’s Secretary of the Treasury in 1934 to have the New York Collector of Custom to allow entry of a shipment of beads. Document signed: “R.B. Taney” as Jackson’s Secretary of the Treasury, 1p, 8×9½. Treasury Department, 1834 May 26. To Samuel Swartwout, Collector of Customs, New York. In part: “Application having been made to me, by Messrs G.G. & S. Howland under date of the 24th inst to admit to entry five cases and four barrels Beads mentioned in the enclosed Invoice, and imported from Trieste in the Ship Loe; and you having certified your opinion that no fraud was intended in the Invoice; and there not appearing any just ground to suspect that a fraud upon the Revenue was intended, you are authorized and directed to admit the said merchandize [sic] to entry….” President Andrew Jackson’s Attorney General (1831-1833), Roger Brooke Taney was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by Jackson on September 23, 1833. He had replaced former Secretary William J. Duane, who refused to cooperate with Jackson’s efforts to withdraw government deposits from the Bank of the United States. Congress did not agree with many of Jackson’s policies. Taney’s appointment was made during a congressional recess, enabling him to serve for nine months before the Senate reconvened to confirm his appointment. On June 24, 1834 by a vote of 28-18, the U.S. Senate rejected Taney’s appointment, the first time a cabinet appointee was not confirmed by the Senate. In January 1835, when Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Gabriel Duvall retired, President Jackson appointed Taney as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; this nomination was also rejected by the Senate. After Chief Justice John Marshall died on July 6, 1835, the political complexion of the Senate had changed. On March 15, 1836, Taney finally took … More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. HFSID 251513
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