Nineteenth century American lawyer and Supreme Court Justice

Reference

Stephen Johnson Field - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Stephen Johnson Field (November 4, 1816 - April 9, 1899) was an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from May 20, 1863, to December 1, 1897. Prior to this, he was the 5th Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. ..."

Born

4 Nov 1816, in Haddam, Connecticut

Died

9 Apr 1899, in Washington, D.C.

Articles

The Federal War on Gold, Part 2, by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom, Sep 2006
Continues with the brief monetary history of the United States, discussing Abraham Lincoln's war loans and legal tender law, and the Supreme Court cases of Hepburn v. Griswold and Knox v. Lee
"In a separate dissenting opinion, Justice Stephen J. Field pointed out the obvious:
'The power "to coin money" is, in my judgment, inconsistent with and repugnant to the existence of a power to make anything but coin a legal tender. ...'
... Field placed the constitutional issue in a historical context ... Field also pointed out that the Constitution had not delegated to Congress the power to impair private contracts."