John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911)

At the outbreak of the Civil War, John Marshall Harlan recruited the 10th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and served as colonel. He resigned in 1863, citing the pressure of private affairs. Harlan was one of the United States Supreme Court's longest serving justices. During his tenure he participated in more than 14,000 cases and wrote 1,161 opinions. He became known as one of the court's great dissenters whose most famous dissenting opinion was written against Plessy v. Ferguson which upheld segregation that was "separate, but equal." (It was overturned in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.)

1863 circa 5 years
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Mathew Brady
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