Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910

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Lawyer, Chicago, Illinois; member, Illinois House of Representatives, 1863-1864; chief justice, U.S. Supreme Court, 1888-1910.

From the description of Letter : Washington, D.C., to [Lawrence Y. Sherman], Springfield, Ill., 1909 April 6. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 30798421

Fuller graduated from Bowdoin College, in 1853, studied law at Harvard University and was admitted to the Maine bar in 1855. In 1856, he moved his practice to Chicago, where he was active in state politics. He was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1888.

From the description of Letters and autographs of Melville W. Fuller, 1889-1909. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 234339155

American jurist.

From the description of Autograph poem signed, 1873 Jul. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270753136

Lawyer and jurist; chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From the description of Melville Weston Fuller papers, 1794-1949 (bulk 1849-1910). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981839

Biographical Note

  • 1833, Feb. 11: Born, Augusta, Maine
  • 1853: A.B., Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
  • 1854 - 1855 : Student, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1855: Admitted to the bar
  • 1855 - 1856 : Associate editor, Augusta Age Practiced law, Augusta, Maine
  • 1856: A.M., Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
  • 1856 - 1888 : Practiced law, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1858: Married Calista Ophelia Reynolds (died 1864)
  • 1863 - 1865 : Member, Illinois House of Representatives
  • 1866: Married Mary Ellen Coolbaugh
  • 1888 - 1910 : Chief justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • 1899: Member, Venezuela-British Guiana Boundary Commission
  • 1900 - 1910 : Member, Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague
  • 1905: Member, Muscat dhows arbitration tribunal
  • 1910, July 4: Died, Sorrento, Maine

From the guide to the Melville Weston Fuller Papers, 1794-1949, (bulk 1849-1910), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Melville Weston Fuller Papers, 1794-1949, (bulk 1849-1910) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Autograph letter signed : Chicago, Ill., to John A. McClernand, Springfield, Ill., 1878 Dec. 2. Texas Christian University
referencedIn McCormick, Cyrus Hall, 1809-1884. Correspondence and subject file, 1788-1939. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Brewer family papers, 1714-1954, 1820-1930 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Letter : Chicago, to O.D. Barett [sic], Washington, D.C., 1879 Feb. 26. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Robert Green Ingersoll Papers, 1826-1940, (bulk 1866-1899) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Letters and autographs of Melville W. Fuller, 1889-1909. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Grover Cleveland Papers, 1743-1945, (bulk 1885-1908) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Letters to Charles Eliot Norton and other papers, 1702-1952. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Letter : Chicago, to O.D. Barrett, Washington, D.C., 1879 Apr. 11. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Autograph poem signed, 1873 Jul. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Melville Weston Fuller papers, 1816-1967 (bulk 1875-1910). Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935. Papers, 1637-1967. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Melville Weston Fuller papers, 1794-1949 (bulk 1849-1910). Library of Congress
creatorOf Rogers, Henry Wade, 1853-1926. Henry Wade Rogers papers, 1873-1920. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Bradley, Joseph P., 1813-1892. Papers, 1836-1937. New Jersey Historical Society Library
referencedIn Boothby, Frederic E. (Frederic Eleazer), 1845-1923. Frederic E. Boothby autograph letters, 1898-1912. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Deady, Matthew P. (Matthew Paul), 1824-1893. Matthew P. Deady papers, 1850-1923. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Matthew Paul Deady Papers, 1850-1923 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Henry Wade Rogers papers, 1873-1920 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908. Grover Cleveland papers, 1743-1945 (bulk 1885-1908). Library of Congress
referencedIn Caton, John Dean, 1812-1895. John Dean Caton papers, 1826-1947 (bulk 1826-1895). Library of Congress
referencedIn Brewer family. Brewer family papers, 1714-1954 (inclusive), 1820-1930 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Curry, J. L. M. (Jabez Lamar Monroe), 1825-1903. Papers of J. L. M. Curry, 1637-1939 (bulk 1866-1903). Library of Congress
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Letter : Chicago, to O.D. Barrett, Washington, D.C., 1878 Oct. 20. Texas Christian University
referencedIn King, Willard L. (Willard Leroy), b. 1893. The early life of Melville Fuller, 1946. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Stephen Johnson Field Letters Addressed to Him, 1862-1896 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899. Robert Green Ingersoll papers, 1826-1940 (bulk 1866-1899). Library of Congress
creatorOf Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910. Letter : Washington, D.C., to [Lawrence Y. Sherman], Springfield, Ill., 1909 April 6. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn John Dean Caton Papers, 1826-1947, (bulk 1826-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Mulligan, James A., 1830-1864. James A. Mulligan papers, 1849-1900. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935. Papers, 1637-1967. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
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Oman--Muscat
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Shipping
Real estate investment--19th century
Law--United States
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Birth 1833-02-11

Death 1910-07-04

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