Timeline of Events in the Dred Scott Case

Famous Slave

1832
Scott served Emerson in Missouri, a slave state.

1833

Emerson transferred to Fort Armstrong, Illinois, a free state, with Dred Scott.

1836
Emerson and Dred Scott moved to Fort Snelling, then part of Wisconsin, a free state.

1837

The Scotts remained at Fort Snelling whilst Emerson transferred back to Fort Jesup, St Louis, Louisiana.
former slave, Dred Scott
Dred Scott, the famous slave (public domain)
1838
The Scotts joined Emerson and his new wife in St Louis, Louisiana

1840
Emerson transferred to Florida, but the Scotts were leased out in St Louis, Louisiana.

1842
Emerson was given honorable discharge.

1843
Emerson died. The Scotts were leased out by Mrs Emerson.Emerson died. The Scotts were leased out by Mrs Emerson.

1846

Dred Scott and Harriet separately filed against Mrs Emerson for their freedom in Missouri State Court, however, the case was dismissed.

1850
Dred Scott filed a new suit and was freed.

1852

Mrs Emerson appealed and the ruling was reversed.

1854

Dred Scott filed a new suit against Mrs Emerson's brother as executor of the estate in the famous case known as Dred Scott v Sandford; however, the Scotts lost.

1856

Dred Scott appealed to the Supreme Court.

1857

Dred Scott lost the case. Mrs Emerson's new husband sold the family to the Blows, who emancipated them.

1858

Dred Scott died from tuberculosis.

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