Robert Trimble

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Born 
Sunday, November 17, 1776
Died 
Monday, August 25, 1828
Childhood Location 
Virginia
Childhood Surroundings 
Virginia
Position 
Associate Justice
Seat 
7
Nominated By 
Adams, J.Q.
Commissioned on 
Tuesday, May 9, 1826
Sworn In 
Friday, June 16, 1826
Left Office 
Monday, August 25, 1828
Reason For Leaving 
Death
Length of Service 
2 years, 2 months, 9 days
Home 
Kentucky
Robert Trimble
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Biography 

Though born in Virginia, Robert Trimble spent most of his life in Kentucky where he studied and read law. After a short stint in the Kentucky House of Representatives, Trimble took a seat on the state Court of Appeals. He resigned 8 years later stating that the compensation ($1000 a year) was inadequate. Trimble devoted his energy to private practice. By 1817, he was a rich man and owned several slaves. With his financial security assured, Trimble accepted Madison's nomination to the federal trial court in Kentucky. Eight years later, John Quincy Adams named Trimble, a staunch nationalist, as his only appointment to the Supreme Court. Trimble's tenure was brief: 27 months. He was the Court's voice in 15 opinions. His only constitutional opinion gave rise to Chief Justice John Marshall's only dissent.

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Robert Trimble. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 11 November 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/justices/robert_trimble>.
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