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 James Moore Wayne

James Moore Wayne

Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Death 5 Jul 1867 (aged 76–77)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Plot Lot 125
Memorial ID 3529 · View Source
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Jurist, US Congressman, US Supreme Court Associate Justice. He served in the US House of Representatives, representing Georgia's at-large district from March 1829 until January 1835 and Associate Justice of the U Supreme Court from January 1835 until his death. Born into Georgia aristocracy, after graduating from College of New jersey (later Princeton University) in 1808, he read law in New Haven, Connecticut, admitted to the two years later, and began practicing law in Savannah. From 1812 until 1815 he served with the US Army in the War of 1812 as an officer in the Georgia Hussars. He then served for two years in the Georgia House of Representatives (1815 to 1817) and as mayor of Savannah for the next two years (September 1817 to July 1819), a judge in the Court of Common Pleas (1819 to 1824), and then as a judge of the Superior Court of Georgia (1824 to 1829). In 1829 he was elected as a Jacksonian to the US House of Representatives, resigning in January 1835 to accept US President Andrew Jackson's nomination as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. During his tenure, he was opposed to the rechartering of the United States Bank, regularly ruled in favor of slave interests, and favored free trade. He remained loyal to the Union cause during the American Civil War and was branded a traitor by the Confederacy and his property in Georgia was confiscated. His son, Henry C. Wayne, became a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. He died around the age of 77 and his seat on the US Supreme Court was abolished.

Bio by: William Bjornstad

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In Memory of
James Moore Wayne
for 32 years Associate Justice
of the U.S. Supreme Court
Died in Washington, D.C.
July 5, 1867




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