Curtis, George T. (1812–1894)

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CURTIS, GEORGE T. (1812–1894)

A leading Boston attorney, George Ticknor Curtis ordered the rendition to slavery of Thomas Sims in 1852 while serving as a Fugitive Slave Law Commissioner. (See sims ' case.) In 1856 he represented Dred Scott before the United States Supreme Court in dred scott v. sandford. Curtis wrote numerous legal treatises, three political biographies, and a two-volume History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution (1854–1858)—revised as Constitutional History of the United States (1889–1896). This work presents a classic Federalist-Whig interpretation of American political and constitutional history. It was begun at the suggestion of daniel webster and reflects the senator's approach to the Constitution and the Union.

Paul Finkelman


Fish, Carl Russell 1930 George T. Curtis. Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. 4, pp. 613–614.

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