Thomas Todd

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Wednesday, January 23, 1765
Tuesday, February 7, 1826
Childhood Location 
Childhood Surroundings 
Associate Justice
Nominated By 
Commissioned on 
Tuesday, March 3, 1807
Sworn In 
Monday, May 4, 1807
Left Office 
Tuesday, February 7, 1826
Reason For Leaving 
Length of Service 
18 years, 9 months, 3 days
Thomas Todd
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Thomas Todd was born and raised in Virginia. At 16, he served in the Revolutionary War. Following his graduation from Liberty Hall (now Washington and Lee University), Todd tutored the daughters of a distant relative in return for room, board, and law instruction. Todd later moved to the area of Virginia that would become Kentucky. He was intimately involved in the statehood issue and was appointed by Kentucky's first governor to serve on the state's highest court.

In 1807, Congress increased the membership of the Supreme Court from five to six. Jefferson selected Todd for the seat because of his familiarity with land law problems, especially those arising from the newly created western circuit of the Supreme Court (Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee).

Todd served for 18 years but did not write a single constitutional opinion. In fact, he wrote a total of fourteen opinions, and most of those involved land law issues. He missed five entire Court sessions on account of personal or health issues.

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Thomas Todd. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 25 August 2015. <>.
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