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Benjamin R. Curtis
1809 - 1874
U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1851-1857)

[W]hen a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under the government of individual men, who for the time being have power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of what it ought to mean.

1857 - from Dred Scott vs Sandford