Supreme Court Justice John Marshall


By: Dylan Benson

The Beginning

  • John Marshall was born in Germantown Virginia on September,24,1755
  • He joined the Culpepper minutemen as an officer in 1775 at the beginning of the Revolutionary war.
  • He was in several major battles and bunkered down with Washington at Valley forge.
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  • At Valley forge he met George Washington and a relationship was formed.
  • He mustered out of the army in 1781 as a captain and soon became interested in law.
  • The army gave him some values he always kept, some of his beliefs are:The idea of unity for the colonies, supremacy of the national government, and a strong federal view.

Early law career

  • He quickly distinguished himself in state politics catching the eye of more then a few 'elites'
  • He sat on the House of Burgesses (1782-1784) (1787-1791)(1795-1797)
  • At only 27 he was elected by legislature to the Govener's Council of State
  • Throughout all this time John Marshall remained a strong federalist
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Big Leagues

  • John Marshall was official elected Supreme Court Justice in 1801
  • In his first major case Marbury.v.Madison (1803) he established Judicial review*
  • where the court can look at a law or amendment and declare it unconstitutional and void it
  • John Marshall decided the fate of the nation dozens of times each time believing in the national government.
  • An example is in Ware.v.Hylton (1796) where he declared that if the National law scrapes with a state or county law the National law is correct.

Other major cases

  • Marbury.v.Madison (1803)
  • United States.v.Peters (1809)
  • Fletcher.v.Peck
  • McCulloch.v.Maryland (1819)
  • Worcester.v.Georgia (1832)
  • Brown.v.Maryland (1827)
  • Dartmouth.v.Woodward (1819)
  • Cohens.v.Virginia (1821)
  • Gibbons.v.Ogden (1824)


Appleby,Joyce Oldham,Alan Brinkley,Abert S.Broussard, James M.McPherson, and Donald A.Ritchie.United States history too 1877.