The Life of John Marshall: Frontiersman, Soldier, Lawmaker, 1755-1788 - Vol. 1

The Life of John Marshall: Frontiersman, Soldier, Lawmaker, 1755-1788 - Vol. 1

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The Life of John Marshall: Frontiersman, Soldier, Lawmaker, 1755-1788 - Vol. 1

The Life of John Marshall: Frontiersman, Soldier, Lawmaker, 1755-1788 - Vol. 1

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The work of John Marshall has been of supreme. importance in the development of the American Nation, and its influence grows as time passes. Less is known of Marshall, however, than of any of the great Americans. Indeed, so little has been written of his personal life, and such exalted, if vague, encomium has been paid him, that, even to the legal profession, he has become a kind of mythical being, endowed with Virtues and wisdom not of this earth.

He appears to us as a gigantic figure looming, indistinctly, out of the mists of the past, impressive yet lacking vitality, and seemingly without any of those qualities that make historic personages intelligible to a living world of living men. Yet no man in our history was more intensely human than John Marshall and few had careers so full of movement and color. His personal life, his characteristics and the incidents that drew them out, have here been set forth so that we may behold the man as he appeared to those among whom he lived and worked.

It is, of course, Marshall's public work with which we are chiefly concerned. His services as Chief Justice have been so lauded that what he did before he ascended the Supreme Bench has been almost entirely forgotten. His greatest opinions, however, cannot be fully understood without considering his previous life and experience. An account of Mar shall . . .

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