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date: 14 October 2019

Fuller, Melville Westonlocked

(11 February 1833–04 July 1910)
  • John V. Orth

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Fuller, Melville Weston (11 February 1833–04 July 1910), chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in Augusta, Maine, the son of Frederick Augustus Fuller, a lawyer, and Catherine Martin Weston, daughter of Nathan Weston, chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Within months of his birth, Fuller’s mother sued his father for divorce on the ground of adultery. Fuller’s father did not contest the suit and played no further role in his son’s life. Mother and son moved into the home of Judge Weston, where young Fuller remained even after his mother’s remarriage in 1844. From his grandfather, a Jacksonian Democrat, Fuller acquired a political faith that remained with him for the rest of his life....

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