John Marshall : The Greatest Chief Justice Of All Time Essay

2257 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 10 Pages
John Marshall is most famous for being the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding for 34 years. Some would say he was the greatest chief justice of all time. Being a chief justice was not his only role. He was a lawyer, Federalist, Virginia native, husband, father and to some a national hero. Marshall’s legacy lives on and we are reminded time and time again why he was such a fundamental Supreme Court Chief Justice. John Marshall was born on September 24, 1775 in Fauquier County, Virginia. He grew up in a small log cabin. His parents were Thomas Marshall and Mary Randolph Keith. His father was a close friend of George Washington and worked with him as a surveyor. His mother was related distantly to, Thomas Jefferson. Marshall was the eldest of 15, 8 sisters and 6 brothers. As John became a teen, his family moved to Blue Ridge mountain in Virginia. He was mostly home-schooled by his father. Sometimes he was schooled by a visiting clergyman who lived with the family. He mostly learned classics and Latin. John loved history and politics. He spent a year at Campbell Academy at age 14. A big influence on John Marshall’s teen life was George Washington. At that time, Washington was a general. When Marshall became 20, the American Revolution began. He joined the local militia as an officer. He was appointed lieutenant in Culpeper Minutemen. The militia achieved victory against the British Royal Army at the Battle of Great Bridge, freeing Virginia from British rule.…

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