Repudiation in South Carolina. [cover title]

Repudiation in South Carolina. [cover title]

n.p. n.d. [1880?]. Paperback. 19p. Wrapper (singed around edges, with some chipping). 26cm. Old stain in top and bottom margins. Signed in type at end: A Sufferer. This anonymously issued pamphlet attacks the split decision of the South Carolina Supreme Court in a tax-related case (Douglass & Jackson vs. P. C. Gaillard, County Treasurer). The decision appears to have turned in part on a concurring opinion by Justice McIver who felt that the question had been settled by a previous case (State vs. County Treasurer). Our anonymous writer attacks that earlier opinion, both on its merits and as an opinion rendered by a carpetbagger (Justice Willard) and an ignorant Negro (Associate Justice Jonathan Jasper Wright). Wright was born in Pennsylvania, attended Lancasterian University at Ithaca, NY, taught school and studied law privately. In 1866 he was the first African American admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania. Sent to South Carolina in 1865 by the American Missionary Society, Wright later returned to South Carolina and was elected to the State Senate from Beaufort, SC in 1868 and to the State Supreme Court in 1870. He served as Associate Justice from 1870 to 1877. [facts taken from his entry in Dictionary of American Biography]. Good. Item #75405

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