A Bingham Pun?

For a review of American Founding Son in Law and Politics Review, Professor John Vile raises the following point that I had not considered.  In 1859, Bingham gave a speech attacking the proposed Oregon Constitution because it discriminated against African-Americans.  His claim in that speech that Oregon would deny fundamental rights to those “born with tawny skins” could have been a pun on Chief Justice Roger Taney (whose name is often pronounced as “Taw-Nee”)  I don’t know if this is true, but it’s a clever idea.

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2 Responses

  1. Shag from Brookline says:

    I’ll mull this over at next Thursday’s lunch while sipping my usual dessert of tawny port.

  2. Bruce Boyden says:

    I thought “tawny” was how Taney himself pronounced his name — but I can’t recall where I got that idea. Have you seen something questioning that?