Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

The son of one of the Boston Tea Party “Indians,” he graduated from Harvard and eventually became Massachusetts speaker of the House. At age 32, President James Madison appointed him the youngest Justice on the Supreme Court. He served 34 years and helped establish the illegality of the slave trade in the Amistad case. His name was Joseph Story, and he died this day, Sept. 10, 1845. A founder of the Harvard Law School, Joseph Story stated: “Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”