The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier chief justice.
In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the United States. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Supreme Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court's right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life.
In John Marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America's greatest judge and the world he made.
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About the Author
Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and the author of more than a dozen books books, including Give Me Liberty: A History of America's Exceptional Ideal, John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, Founder's Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln; Alexander Hamilton; American; and Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
A Note on Spelling and Usage ix
Introduction John Marshall George Washington 1
Section I Early Life
Chapter 1 Soldier 11
Chapter 2 Lawyer 27
Chapter 3 Local Politician 41
Chapter 4 Diplomat, Congressman, Secretary of State 59
Section II Beleaguered Chief Justice
Chapter 5 The Case of the Missing Commission 77
Chapter 6 Impeachment 97
Chapter 7 Treason 107
Chapter 8 Corruption and Contracts 123
Section III Magisterial Chief Justice
Chapter 9 A Small College 137
Chapter 10 Bankers and Embezzlers 155
Chapter 11 Jewish Lottery Runners 169
Chapter 12 Steamboats and Commerce 181
Section IV Chief Justice: The Waning Years
Chapter 13 Slavers 195
Chapter 14 Bankrupts 211
Chapter 15 Cherokees 223
Chapter 16 Missionaries 237
Chapter 17 Bill of Rights 249
Legacy: Marshall, Jefferson, Lincoln 261