19thc Steel Engravings, Supreme Court Justices

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19thc Steel Engravings, Supreme Court Justices
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Pair of c.1859 steel engravings, bookplates of William Gaston, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice & Joseph Story, Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice. Approx 6 1/2" X 10". William J. Gaston ( 1778 – 1844) was a jurist, Supreme Court judge & United States Representative from North Carolina. Gaston is the author of the official state song of North Carolina, "The Old North State". Gaston County, North Carolina is named after him, as are Lake Gaston, the city.  Joseph Story ( 1779 – 1845 ) was an American lawyer & jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1812 to 1845, during the Marshall Court & early-Taney Court eras. He is most remembered for his opinions in Martin v. Hunter's Lessee & The Amistad case, and especially for his magisterial Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, first published in 1833. Dominating the field in the 19th century, this work is a cornerstone of early American jurisprudence. It is the second comprehensive treatise on the provisions of the U.S. Constitution and remains a critical source of historical information about the forming of the American republic and the early struggles to define its law.