Story, Joseph, 1779-1845

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Birth 1779-09-18
Death 1845-09-10
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Biographical notes:

Virgil David was president of the Lawrenceville Lyceum in Western Pennsylvania.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, Mass., to Virgil David, n.p., 1836 Apr. 7. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 80556600

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, Mass., to Virgil David, n.p., 1836 Apr. 7. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 55822788

Joseph Story (1779-1845) was a Massachusetts lawyer and associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Story was born in Marblehead, Mass., to Elisha and Mehitable Pedrick Story. He was educated at Harvard University and served in the United States Congress, 1808-1809. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1811, serving until 1829 when he resigned to teach at Harvard Law School.

From the guide to the Joseph Story Letters, ., 1805, 1843, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Jurist, politician, and professor of law Joseph Story (1779-1845) was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts on September 18, 1779. He received an AB from Harvard in 1798, an AM in 1801, and an LLD in 1821; he also received law degrees from Brown University and Dartmouth College. In 1802, Story married Mary Lynde Oliver. After Mary's death in 1805, Story married Sarah Waldo Wetmore in 1808. Story practiced law in Salem, Mass. and served as a representative in the state legislature before being appointed an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court in November of 1811. He served on the Supreme Court until his death in 1845. Story was chosen as the first Dane Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School in 1829. Joseph Story died in Cambridge, Mass. on September 10, 1845.

From the description of Draft of a letter from Joseph Story to Harriet, ca. 1801. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 741450340

Associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1811-1845.

From the description of ALS : Washington, D.C., to John H. Sherburne, Washington, D.C., 1823 Feb. 23. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122475309

American jurist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Salem, to William T. Shaw in Boston, 1808 Oct. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270575367

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to the Hon. Judge Pitman, 1840 Jun. 06. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270574585

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Salem, to George Bliss, Esq., 1807 Aug. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270575363

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to John W. Treadwell, Esq., 1830 Apr. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270574577

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to David Sewall, 1842 Feb. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270579121

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to the Rev. Joseph H. Clinch, 1835 Aug. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270574581

Story graduated from Harvard College in 1798; studied law and was admitted to the bar; was appointed associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1811 and Dane Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in 1829.

From the description of Letter to Jonathan Meredith regarding Harvard Law School, 24 February 1833. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 542825509

Joseph Story received his A.B. from Harvard in 1798. Story served as Overseer and Fellow and taught law at Harvard.

From the description of [Student theme] , 1796. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77072602

Joseph Story (1779-1845) was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts on September 18, 1779 to Mehitable Pedrick Story and Dr. Elisha Story. His father had served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary War. Story attended Harvard College, where he graduated with the class of 1798, and following graduation he studied law under Samuel Sewall. He received an A.M. from Harvard in 1801 and was admitted to the bar in Salem, Massachusetts the same year. He would receive an LL. D. from three institutions: from Brown University in 1815, from Harvard in 1821, and from Dartmouth College in 1824. Story was elected to the Massachusetts legislature in 1805 and served part of a term in the United States House of Representatives from 1808 to 1809. He returned to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1810 and was chosen as its speaker in 1811. In November of 1811, at the age of thirty-two, Story became the youngest associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. He served on the Supreme Court until his death in 1845. Story was chosen as the first Dane Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School in 1829, a position founded specifically for him, and taught during periods when the court was not in session. He was a successful and popular teacher and taught for the remainder of his life, publishing a great deal, as well. Joseph Story died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 10, 1845.

From the description of Harvard patriotic ode. : Tune, "Rise Columbia." / Composed by Joseph Story, and sung in the College Chapel, June 21, 1798. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 635936581

Jurist and politician, Massachusetts; U.S. Supreme Court justice.

From the description of Papers, 1800-1805. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58775601

Lawyer, U.S. representative from Massachusetts, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and educator.

From the description of Papers of Joseph Story, 1807-1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71063789

Story served as Overseer and Fellow and taught law at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Joseph Story, 1836-1836 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972892

Joseph Story and Simon Greenleaf were professors at the Harvard Law School, which had been established in 1817. Although they were different temperamentally, they worked well together and built up the school. Joseph Story was born in 1779 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the son of Mehitable Pedrick and Elisha Story. He graduated from Harvard in 1798 and read law. He was the youngest person appointed as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. He died in 1845.

Simon Greenleaf was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1783, the son of Lydia Parsons and Moses Greenleaf. He did not attend college but read law. In 1833, Story offered him a professorship at Harvard's law school. Greenleaf wrote several law books and oversaw the expansion of the law school library. He retired from Harvard in 1848 and died in 1853.

From the description of Letters, 1840-1853, 1840 (bulk dates). (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 261233607

Biographical Note

  • 1779, Sept. 18: Born, Marblehead, Mass.
  • 1798: Graduate, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1801: Admitted to the bar, Salem, Mass.
  • circa 1805: Married Mary F. L. Oliver (died 1805)
  • 1805 - 1807 : Member, Massachusetts house of representatives
  • 1808: Married Sarah Waldo Wetmore
  • 1808 - 1809 : Member, United States Congress
  • 1811: Speaker, Massachusetts house of representatives
  • 1812 - 1845 : Associate justice, United States Supreme Court
  • 1829: Named Dane Professor of Law, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1832: Published Commentaries on the Law of Bailments. Cambridge: Hilliard and Brown
  • 1833: Published Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, and Co. 3 vols.
  • 1834: Published Commentaries on the Conflict of Laws. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, and Co.
  • 1836: Published Commentaries on Equity Jurisprudence. Boston: Hilliard, Gray & Co. 2 vols.
  • 1845, Sept. 10: Died, Cambridge, Mass.

From the guide to the Joseph Story Correspondence, 1807-1843, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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