The Dred Scott Case

Events

Dred Scott Born in Southhampton County, VA

1799

Dred Scott moves to Alabama cotton plantation

1818

Moves to St Louis, MO

1830

Elizabeth Blow dies

1831

Dred Scott Sold - Peter Blow Died

1832

Dred Scott moves to Fort Armstrong, IL

1833

Moves with Dr. Emerson to Fort Snelling

1836

Dred Scott Marries Harriet Robinson

1837

Sent to Louisiana, then St. Louis, then to Fort Snelling

1838

Dred Scott & Family Sent to St. Louis & Hired out

1840

Dr, Emerson Dies Suddenly

1843

Scott renewed his contact with the Blow family and in the Circuit Court of St. Louis, he and Harriet Scott filed separate petitions to get their freedom from Irene Emerson

1846

Cases Came to Trial

1847

Irene Emerson puts Scotts in Sheriff's Custody

1848

Case Finally Heard Again - Scott Family Freed

1850

Irene Emerson Appeals Case

1850

Missouri Supreme Court Reverses Ruling

1852

Dred Scott, with Roswell Field (his new lawyer), filed a new case in the U.S. Federal Court, in St. Louis. John Sanford, Mrs. Emerson's brother, was the defendant. Dred Scott's case went through the M

1853

Second Argument - Supreme Court

1856

First Argument - Supreme Court

1856

Dred Scott and Family Freed

1857

Supreme Court Rules Against Dred Scott

1857

Dred Scott Dies About a year after gaining his freedom, Dred Scott got sick with tuberculosis and died

1858