John Marshall As the fourth chief justice of the United StatesJohn Marshall was the principal architect in consolidating and defining the powers of the Supreme Court. Perhaps more than any other man he set the prevailing tone of American constitutional law.
Philosophy and Ethics This year marks a full century since Albert Jeremiah Beveridge to published the first two volumes of his historic biography, The Life of John Marshall. Inhe published the last two volumes. This book, which won the Pulitzer Prizehas been out of print for many years, yet it is still relevant today in understanding the Supreme Court.
Beveridge led a remarkable and varied life. He was a prominent politician and, at the young age of 36, became a Republican U. He represented Indiana from to In an age of oratory, his eloquence lifted him above the pack.
Before and after his political career, he enjoyed a successful law practice, which began when he was admitted to the Indiana Bar in Beveridge also was a study of ideas in contradiction.
His father was a Union solider during the Civil War, and Beveridge became an enthusiastic member of the Party of Lincoln. Yet, he had a firm belief in the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race.
He supported American imperialism for, frankly, racist reasons. We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race, trustee, under God, of the civilization of the world.
It will be hard for Americans who have not studied them to understand the people. They are a barbarous race, modified by three centuries of contact with a decadent race. The Filipino is the South Sea Malay, put through a process of three hundred years of superstition in religion, dishonesty in dealing, disorder in habits of industry, and cruelty, caprice, and corruption in government.
It is barely possible that 1, men in all the archipelago are capable of self-government in the Anglo-Saxon sense. They are not capable of self-government.
How could they be? Later Beveridge joined the Progressive Republicans and became one of its leaders. He supported limiting child labor, a progressive position that was controversial at the time.
His fame or infamy in the case of his racism came from none of those activities. After he ended his political career, he turned to writing books on a variety of historical topics. For example, he started a biography of Abraham Lincoln, though he died before he could finish all four volumes.
Yet his real legacy is his book on Marshall. He combed the newspapers that were contemporary to Marshall, he examined unpublished papers, letters, and manuscripts, and he interviewed people related to Marshall who passed down family lore.
His history even the factual trivia is fascinating; his portrait of Marshall is compelling, and his writing superb. His use of syntax and spelling, while reflecting English usage of a century ago, is not too distracting. A problem of this out-of-print biography is that it is not readily accessible to the contemporary reader.
It is also too long for modern tastes, covering many issues that are not of interest to the book lover of today. It is still worth reading. The Supreme Court is now the most powerful judicial tribunal that the world has ever known, but it was not always so, and it certainly was not powerful when Marshall became its fourth Chief Justice.
Jay did not think being Chief was worth the effort. Adams then considered several others and eventually decided, perhaps impetuously, to nominate Marshall. In spite of some criticisms from his fellow Federalists, the Senate confirmed him a week later.
Beveridge clearly is enthralled with Marshall and he writes a glowing biography. Sometimes it is easy to glow. Marshall, the oldest of 15 children, was really born in a log cabin in rural Virginia. He had very little formal schooling, though he did spend six weeks attending the law lectures of Chancellor George Wythe, who was then teaching at the College of William and Mary.
When Daniel Webster argued before Marshall, the classically trained Webster sometimes peppered his oral argument with Latin phrases.
At other times, Beveridge glosses over some details. There is, after all, the question of slavery. When John Marshall married, Beveridge tells that his father gave him a slave and three horses.This year marks a full century since Albert Jeremiah Beveridge ( to ) published the first two volumes of his historic biography, The Life of John Marshall.
In , he published the last two v. John Marshall: John Marshall, fourth chief justice of the United States and principal founder of the U.S. system of constitutional law.
As perhaps the Supreme Court’s most influential chief justice, Marshall was responsible for constructing and defending both the foundation of judicial power and the principles of.
- The Early Accomplishments of John Marshall John Marshall began as a soldier who became part of George Washington?s command group. After John was discharged, he pursued his legal career with a formal education, which was quite casual at the time.
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History Ch. 6. The New Republic. STUDY. PLAY. XYZ Affair. roused public sentiment against France. John Jay. sent to negotiate a treaty with the British. What was one of John Marshall's important accomplishments as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
establishing the power of judicial review.