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Collection Reference Number GLC01114
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1795 
Title Bench notes on the Whiskey Rebellion trial, United State v. John Barnet
Date 29 May 1795
Author Paterson, William (1745-1806)  
Document Type Legal document; Government document
Content Description Supreme Court Justice Paterson's notes prepared while sitting as a judge of U.S. Circuit Court. Paterson's notes contain a detailed record of the rebellion and a discussion of the legal definition of treason, which this case helped to shape. Barnett was among several rebels tried for treason for participating in the Whiskey Rebellion. He was acquitted.
Subjects Law  Rebellion  Whiskey Rebellion  Alcohol  Taxes or Taxation  Treason  
People Paterson, William (1745-1806)  
Theme Law; Government & Politics; Banking & Economics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution. John Barnet was among several Whiskey rebels arrested by federal authorities and tried for treason. William Paterson was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He previously served a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, where he introduced the New Jersey Plan, and as New Jersey's governor. Until 1869, Supreme Court justices also sat as judges on the federal appeals court.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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