Samuel Chase

Samuel Chase was an associate Supreme Court justice until he was impeached. His political views gradually turned from support of states’ rights to Federalism.


Samuel Chase was born on April 17, 1741, in Princess Anne, Maryland. After becoming a lawyer, he led protests against the Stamp Act. Over time, he went from supporting states rights to becoming a staunch Federalist. In 1796 he was appointed an associate Supreme Court justice. In 1804 the House of Representatives voted to impeach him for his partisan bias. He died on June 19, 1811, in Washington, D.C.

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