John McLean

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John McLean
Former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
From: March 7, 1829 – April 4, 1861
Nominator Andrew Jackson
Predecessor Robert Trimble
Successor Noah Haynes Swayne
6th United States Postmaster General
From: June 26, 1823 – March 4, 1829
Predecessor Return J. Meigs, Jr.
Successor William T. Barry
Party Jeffersonian Republican, Jacksonian, National Republican, Anti-Masonic, Republican
Spouse(s) Rebecca E. Edwards McLean
Sarah Bella Ludlow Garrard McLean
Religion Methodist

John McLean was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. McLean notably dissented from Dred Scott v. Sanford. McLean wrote an important majority opinion concerning public domain in Wheaton v. Peters.[1] He served on the Court for 32 years.

“In the [Dred Scott v. Sanford] argument, it was said that a colored citizen would not be an agreeable member of society. This is more a matter of taste than law ... [for] under the late treaty with Mexico we made citizens of all grades, combinations and colors.”
— John McLean


  1. John McLean (English). law.jrank.