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Grier, Robert Cooperlocked

(05 March 1794–25 September 1870)
  • Stuart A. Streichler

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Grier, Robert Cooper (05 March 1794–25 September 1870), associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Isaac Grier, a Presbyterian minister, and Elizabeth Cooper. After obtaining a solid classical education from his father, Grier enrolled as a junior in Dickinson College, graduating in 1812. He remained there as an instructor for one year before returning home to help his father run Northumberland Academy, a private school. When his father died in 1815, the academy appointed Grier principal. In addition to his teaching duties, Grier studied law, and in 1817 he was admitted to the bar. After practicing law for a year in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, he moved to nearby Danville, where he was an attorney for fifteen years. During this period Grier supported his mother and financed the education of his ten siblings. In 1829 he married Isabella Rose....

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