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John Marshall by Francis N. Stites
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Sep 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: history, biography, nonfiction, politics
Read in September, 2011

Short and dense biography. But very good. Marshall is an under-appreciated person of the founding generation. He was a Federalist who believed in a much stronger national government at a time when those positions were becoming increasingly unpopular. But rather than give up, he fought from his perch on the US Supreme Court to make sure that the US government would have the tools it would need to build a stronger nation. He was a slave owner, a sin he will never recover from. But he was also a devoted husband and fun guy in other ways. Great leader of the Court in a position that offers few real leadership tools.
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