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John Marshal holds a very special place in American history Without his leadership on the Supreme Court in the early years of the republic establishing the Constitutional role of the Federal judiciary this might be a different country today if it would have survived at all I have read two other biographies of Marshall over the years John Marshall A Life in Law by Leonard Barker and John Marshall Defender of a Nation by Jean Edward Smith each a longer and detailed account of Marshall s life and work However Richard Brookhiser surpasses them He reveals the man as well as the jurist Brookhiserk s delightfully breezy and disarmingly honest style make his biography of Marshall a remarkably enjoyable read His taking Jefferson down off of his exalted perch is also refreshing Marshall s laring blind spot was of course the institution of slavery As a Virginia land and slave owner this lapse may be easily understood than forgiven but measuring the totality of the man as Brookhiser strives to do this country is far better off for Marshall service to his nation 34 years as chief justice Served 6 presidents Despised his cousin Thomas Jefferson Adored George Washington Great book John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States of America Marshall held the post for 34 years beginning in 1801 Up until such time as Marshall assumed the post the Supreme Court lacked clout dignity or any semblance of euality among the three federal branches of Night And Day government ruling the United States of America Richard Brookhiser wrote John Marshall The Man Who Made the Supreme Court as a chronicle of Marshall his effect on the court and the legacy his time upon the court had in establishing the legitimacy of the court in AmericaAs far as political temperament and philosophy John Marshall was a member of the Federalist Party Notable early Federalists included presidents George Washington John Adams and Alexander Hamilton President John uincy Adams held beliefs of the Federalists though it is not knowable to say that the son of the second president of the United States would have been elected president if the Federalist Party still existed in 1824In calling out party it is important to emphasize that the story Richard Brookhiser tells within this biography is one of John Marshall s politics and his role in normalizing the functioning of the Supreme Court While George Washington may have sought a one party system party was a political force by the time of Marshall first assumed a lead role on the court In fact Marshall s cousin and third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson was on the opposite side of the aisle in what today is the Democratic Party Jefferson and Marshall were in freuent opposition regarding interpretations of law and the course disputes of law should take Brookhiser the author has never been a lawyer either in training or practiceAccording to review of the book by legal scholar Garrett Epps as published in The Washington Post we learn this about Marshall and the biography Marshall sreat talent was his legal creativity which takes hard work for a layperson or lawyer to appreciate Brookhiser also underestimates the chaos and danger of the politics that he does highlight Perhaps for that reason he doesn t Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow give Marshall his full dueEpps rightlyoes on to indicate that John Marshall The Man Who Made the Supreme Court is entertaining and instructive We et to see Marshall s career in the United States Revolutionary War his time as Secretary of State to president John Adams and then his thirty four years as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court The tenure as Chief Justice commenced when Thomas Jefferson took officeSome distinguishing cases *In Marshall S Career Included *Marshall s career included following as uoted from Epps In McCulloch v Maryland he laid out the contours of Congress s commerce power in Burr v United States he blunted the law of treason as a tool to punish political enemies in Dartmouth College v Woodward he anchored the constitutional underpinnings of contract law in Johnson v M Intosh Cherokee Nation v Georgia and Worcester v Georgia he ave birth to the entire field of federal Indian lawEpps is perhaps hardest on Brookhiser and strongest in support of Marshall in this But his most important creation is the doctrine of Marbury v Madison the idea that the Supreme Court has the power and the duty to invalidate acts of Congress that it finds in conflict with the Constitution That result was by no means inevitable to reach it Marshall had to navigate a treacherous political landscape If Brookhiser aims to reveal the politics surrounding Marshall s career he disappoints somewhat at this point A fuller political profile of the Marshall years would Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys give the reader of the scope of his unlikely triumphThe book doesive some Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, glimpse into perhaps the most disagreeable portion of Marshall s total life picture which surround the subject of slavery in the United States Both Marshall s rulings and lack of freeing of slaves at his death were noted shortcomings Brookhiserets into a single decision that Marshall had that never sided with slaves Epps uotes from a 2018 book by Paul Finkelman titled Supreme Injustice Slavery in the Nation s Highest Court that there were at least seven instances where Marshall never once sided with slavesOverall I found the book John Marshall The Man Who Made the Supreme Court by Richard Brookhiser to be instructional I found the book John Marshall The Man Who Made the Supreme Court by Richard Brookhiser to be instructional many ways While taking into account the opportunities for from Garrett Epps of The Washington Post I appreciated the history lesson and exploration offered by the biography My rating of the book is 350 stars on a scale of one to five stars The life of John Marshall 1755 1835 spans the first and formative decades of the United States Born in colonial Virginia Marshall fought for American independence under George Washington whom he revered as the beau ideal of a true republican and memorialized in a biography For the rest of his life Richard Brookhiser writes John Marshall saw Washington as his commander and himself as one of his troops And so when Washington personally urged Marshall to run for Congress in 1798 he didsuccessfully representing Virginia s 13thDistrict from 1799 1800Like Washington Marshall was a Federalist John Adams tapped him to be US Secretary of State in 1800 After the momentous 1800 election in which Adams and. The life of John Marshall Founding Father and America's premier Chief JusticeIn 1801 a enial 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.
Richard Brookhiser ✓ 2 Free downloadThe Federalists lost both the White House and Congress to Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic Republicans Adams appointed Marshall chief justice of the US Supreme Court the month before Jefferson s inauguration Marshall and Jefferson were cousins and though both were patriots they were indefatigable political foes Marshall swore Jefferson into office then used Supreme Court legal opinions to continue the Federalist battle against the Democrats for the next 34 years When he died Andrew Jackson was president Roger Taney author of the Dred v Scott infamy succeeded him as chief justiceRichard Brookhiser surveys Marshall s public career and its effects in his engaging new study This is not a comprehensive biography of the reat man In many ways it is the story of the most significant cases he triedMarbury v Madison United States vs Burrin which Jonathan Edwards randson and Alexander Hamilton s killer stood trial for treason Fletcher v Peck Trustees of Dartmouth College v WoodwardMcCullough v Maryland Cohens v Virginia Gibbons v Ogden the Antelopecase touching on slavery Ogdenv Saundersa bankruptcy case this Ogden being the nephew of the previous Ogden evidence of a litigious family no doubt also the only case in which Marshall wrote a dissenting opinion The Cherokee Nation v Georgiaand Worcester v Georgiaboth cases dealing with Georgia s abominable treatment of Native Americans and Barron v Balti among othersThough not well known today outside the legal profession at least these cases were flashpoints of controversy between a broadly Federalist vision of the American republic and a Democratic one Was the United States a union or a confederacy Where was the boundary between federal supremacy and states rights Could Congress establish a Bank of the United States without explicit wording in the Constitution More broadly was the law a debt against the living in which enerations were obligated by the laws of previous Only a Whisper generations Or did the land belong in usufruct to the living in which eacheneration passed laws as it saw fit The words were Madison s and Jefferson s respectively but the sentiments were Marshall s and Jefferson s exactlyBrookhiser is a political journalist not a lawyer so his descriptions of both the facts of these cases and their relevance are easy to follow and enlightening In a summary chapter on Marshall s legacy he notes that Marshall brought dignity to the Supreme Court How it tried cases and how it rendered opinions strengthened the hand of what Hamilton called the least dangerous branch of the federal Copper Lake Secrets government If the membership and opinions of the Supreme Court loom large in the minds of Americans today Marshall should receive creditBut than the dignity of the Supreme Court Marshall s legacy was defending the Constitution as the people s supreme act Brookhiser explains The people had made a newovernment Brooklyn's Song giving it new powers and binding it with new prohibitions Marshall devoted his decades as chief justice to explicating and upholding the people sovernment against the attacks of men he deemed demagogues in Congress in the states including his own Virginia and in the White House including his own cousin That defense relied on the Constitution s words and sometimes or the historical context of its creation Marshall knew both intimately He had worked for the document s ratification He had witnessed the struggles and trials that had brought it into beingIn the last months of his life as his health deteriorated Marshall feared for the future of the Constitution he had spent his life laboring to explain and defend Marshall s opinions were substantially the policies of Washington and his most trusted aide Alexander Hamilton slavery being the Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide great exception But by 1835 Jackson was in power states rights were on the rise and Roger B Taney was in the wings From then until the Civil War an anti Marshall view of the nature of the USovernment and the meaning of its Constitution prevailed It was as if the arguments between the cousins Marshall and Jefferson had never Plain Jane The Hotshot gone awayToday we live in a vastly different era Both union and emancipation are taken forranted which they were not in Marshall s era not even by Marshall himself But the court Marshall once led continues to fascinate and repel depending on who wins and who loses before the bench To that extent as William Faulkner put it so well The past is never dead It s not even past We all live in John Marshall s shadowBook ReviewedRichard Brookhiser John Marshall The Man Who Made the Supreme CourtNew York Basic Books 2018PS
you liked my review vote Yes on my com review page 35 stars This book is about one of the Family of Her Dreams great men of the era that saw the implementation of the Constitution as the Law of the Land It details many of the cases which Marshall presided over and which made this country what it was to become despite the efforts by members of the other two branches Unfortunately the black mark of slavery was allowed to smolder until the Civil War became necessary Most of the book is about the law some about Marshall personally but perhaps that is only fitting since the Law was his life A biography of the most important Supreme Court Justice in US history is not something you except to fly through Nevertheless once Marshallot onto the Supreme Court I moved through the book very uickly Brookhiser sticks to Marshall s professionalIf You Liked My Review
most of time though of course his personal life is mentioned so if reading a bunch of summaries of cases and Marshall s opinions on things sounds boring this is not the book for you This seemed impeccably researched primary sourcing as much as possible with many letters and opinions uoted but not so much as to bog down the book with that The author s admiration for Marshall is very visible particularly when describing Jefferson where Brookhiser definitely showed some disdain I uess Marshall would have agreed with that Marshall was very big into contract *Supremacy Over All Other *over all other where possible which was very new to me and I liked reading about his views on constitutional minutiae Brookhiser did a really ood job of keeping the legalese to minimum explaining law in understandable terms yet still in depth To sum up I fully recommend this book to people interested in American history and Girls Night Out government for while it focuses on Marshall his core work The Court it was the weakling of the federalovernment 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 overnment against unruly states established. ,life most of