By Steven P. Brown

John McKinley and the Antebellum ideally suited Court offers a portrait folks preferrred court docket justice John McKinley (1780–1852) and gives a penetrating research of McKinley’s time and position, the exigencies of his circuit paintings, and the contributions he made to either American criminal background and Alabama.

 

Steven P. Brown rescues from obscurity John McKinley, one of many 3 Alabama justices, besides John Archibald Campbell and Hugo Black, who've served at the US preferrred court docket. a local Kentuckian who moved in 1819 to northern Alabama as a land speculator and attorney, 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 superb courtroom in 1837. He spent his first 5 years at the court docket presiding over the newly created 9th Circuit, which lined Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. His was once not just the latest circuit, encompassing a quarter that, due to its fresh cost, incorporated a big variety of felony claims on the topic of estate, however it used to be additionally the most important, the furthest from Washington, DC, and by way of some distance the main tricky to traverse.

 

While this can be a thorough biography of McKinley’s existence, it additionally info early Alabama nation politics and gives essentially the most exhaustive debts to be had of the inner workings of the antebellum ideal courtroom and the very genuine demanding situations that followed the now-abandoned perform of circuit using. In offering the 1st indepth overview of the existence and ultimate courtroom occupation of Justice John McKinley, Brown has given us a compelling portrait of a guy lively within the best monetary, felony, and political circles of his day.

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