REVERDY JOHNSON SIGNED CUT, "Reverdy Johnson, Mrd.", 5.25 x 3.75, by Maryland Civil War Senator, U.S. Attorney General, Defense Attorney in Dred Scott case. Some age toning, otherwise in fine condition.
Reverdy Johnson (1796-1876) held such political positions as U.S. Attorney General (1849-1850), Maryland Senator (1863-1868) and U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom (1868-1869). He was a famous defense attorney who defended the slave-owner, Sanford, in the controversial 1857 Supreme Court case Dred Scott v. Sanford, as well as General Fitz John Porter at his court-martial, Mary Surratt, a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and Ku Klux Klan members.