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Roger Taney- (March 17, 1777 ' October 12, 1864) was the fifth Chief Justice of the United States, holding that office from 1836 until his death in 1864, he is most remembered for delivering the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)

Daniel Webster- (January 18, 1782 ' October 24, 1852) leader of the Whig Party, he was one of the nation's most prominent conservatives, leading opposition to Democrat Andrew Jackson and the Democratic party. He was a spokesman for modernization, banking and industry

John Brown- (May 9, 1800 ' December 2, 1859) was an American abolitionist, who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to end all slavery. He led the Pottawatomie Massacre in 1856 in Bleeding Kansas and made his name in the unsuccessful raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859

Charles Sumner- (January 6, 1811 ' March 11, 1874) was an American politician and statesman from Massachusetts he was also an academic lawyer and Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces or abolitionists in Massachusetts

Stephen Douglas- (April 23, 1813 ' June 3, 1861) was an American politician from the western state of Illinois, and was the Northern Democratic Party nominee for President in 1860. He lost to the Republican Party's candidate, Abraham Lincoln, whom he had defeated two years earlier in a Senate contest following a famed series of debates

Preston Brooks- (August 5, 1819 ' January 27, 1857) was a Democratic Congressman from South Carolina, known for severely beating Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the United States Senate with a cane in response to an insult


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