One of the earliest cases of disability involved Justice Gabriel Duvall, who became a justice in 1811. By 1834, he had become so deaf that it was virtually impossible for him to converse with others. Duvall could not follow oral arguments and was often absent from the Supreme Court. In 1835 he agreed to resign after being informed that President Andrew Jackson would appoint Roger Brooke Taney, a fellow Marylander, as his successor.
Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2020. 2p.