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A chief justice's progress : John Marshall from Revolutionary Virginia to the Supreme Court /
David Robarge.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
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xxv, 364 p. : ill., ports.
ISBN
0313308586 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
isbn
0313308586 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3634202
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
Robarge has provided a valuable service by recounting John Marshall's biography up to the year he became chief justice of the US Supreme Court, 1801. As Robarge notes in his thoughtful prologue, there are several excellent biographies focusing on the long period of Marshall's chief justiceship (lasting until 1835), but there is no recent account of the earlier period (which took up nearly half his life). Robarge does a superb job. His book is based on detailed research into primary sources, and it takes note of all the relevant recent secondary historical work. The author thoroughly recounts Marshall's early legal career and his constant involvement in politics. The Marshall who emerges is a rather cautious, quiet, competent, and strong figure who is humanized by his long devotion to a frail and sickly wife. The only shortcoming of the study is the long final chapter, which reviews the 34 years of the chief justiceship in a manner that is superficial and not very helpful. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. N. Katz; Princeton University
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'œRobarge has provided a valuable service by recounting John Marshall's biography up to the year he became chief justice of the US Supreme Court...Robarge does a superb job.'' Choice
"Robarge has provided a valuable service by recounting John Marshall's biography up to the year he became chief justice of the US Supreme Court...Robarge does a superb job."- Choice
'œ...the author has produced a richly detailed picture of Marshall's own life and the myriad events and personalities that shaped his world.'' Journal of Southern History
"...the author has produced a richly detailed picture of Marshall's own life and the myriad events and personalities that shaped his world."- Journal of Southern History
'œThis is a book long awaited....unquestionably the best scholarly bioigraphy of "the great chief justice" yet to be published. As such it demands immediate attention from anyone wishing to understand Marshall or his impact on the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court.'' The Journal of American History
"Grounded in extensive research in both primary sources and the vast historical and legal literature, this book ranks high among the recent outpouring of monographs dealing with Marshall and the Marshall Court....Not only is Robarge's study illumination of Marshall as a politician an lawyer in the early Republic--it is also of great significance for understanding the process of choosing Supreme Court nominees."- Virginia Libraries
'œ...I would suggest that any serious student of the post-revolutionary period take a look at this book. It is meticulously researched, clearly-written, well-argued and engaging; definitive evidence, if any were needed, that John Marshall's life and work continues to be an important and potentially interesting subject for historical analysis.'' The Law and Politics
"...I would suggest that any serious student of the post-revolutionary period take a look at this book. It is meticulously researched, clearly-written, well-argued and engaging; definitive evidence, if any were needed, that John Marshall's life and work continues to be an important and potentially interesting subject for historical analysis."- The Law and Politics
'œ...thorough and sensible...scholarship, with copious endnotes sure to lead the serious Marshall student to a wealth of additional information.'' History: Reviews of New Books
"...thorough and sensible...scholarship, with copious endnotes sure to lead the serious Marshall student to a wealth of additional information."- History: Reviews of New Books
'œWorking from the premise that a book focusing of John Marhsall's life before his service on the U.S. Supreme Court fills a gap in the voluminous literature on the man and the court he headed, the author has sought to fill this opening...This is a scholar's book in it's writing style, its historiographical context, and its extensive documentation, and, as such, it is a welcome contribution to the literature.'' The Historian
"This is a book long awaited....unquestionably the best scholarly bioigraphy of "the great chief justice" yet to be published. As such it demands immediate attention from anyone wishing to understand Marshall or his impact on the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court."- The Journal of American History
"Working from the premise that a book focusing of John Marhsall's life before his service on the U.S. Supreme Court fills a gap in the voluminous literature on the man and the court he headed, the author has sought to fill this opening...This is a scholar's book in it's writing style, its historiographical context, and its extensive documentation, and, as such, it is a welcome contribution to the literature."- The Historian
'œGrounded in extensive research in both primary sources and the vast historical and legal literature, this book ranks high among the recent outpouring of monographs dealing with Marshall and the Marshall Court....Not only is Robarge's study illumination of Marshall as a politician an lawyer in the early Republic--it is also of great significance for understanding the process of choosing Supreme Court nominees.'' Virginia Libraries
'œ[a] valuable illumination of Marshall as a politician and lawyer in the early Republic--it is also of great significance for understanding the process of choosing Supreme Court nominees.'' H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences
"[a] valuable illumination of Marshall as a politician and lawyer in the early Republic--it is also of great significance for understanding the process of choosing Supreme Court nominees."- H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences
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Summaries
Long Description
Widely regarded as America's most important Chief Justice, John Marshall influenced our constitutional, political, and economic development as much as any American. He handed down landmark decisions on judicial review, federal-state relations, contracts, corporations, and commercial regulation during a thirty-four year tenure that encompassed five presidencies, a second war of independence, the demise of the first American party system, and the advent of Jacksonianism and market capitalism. This is the first interpretive study of Marshall's early life that emphasizes the formative influences on him before he joined the Court. By that time his character and attitudes were fully formed through his childhood in the Virginia gentry, his service in the state militia and Continental Army, and his work as a prominent lawyer, a Federalist, and a diplomat. Drawing heavily on Marshall's own writings, this study views his pre-Supreme Court life as a cumulative experience that formed the identity and value system that he brought to bear on his experiences as Chief Justice. Robarge examines Marshall's social and political education in the unique milieu of late 18th century Virginia for its own intrinsic interest, as well as for its relationship to his profound contribution to the Court. The events and situations that shaped Marshall's personality and attitudes directly influenced his leadership style. They also had a deep impact upon his efforts to establish an independent judiciary, to unify the nation through territorial expansion and a legal common market, and to revive the moribund Federalist party as a balance to the dominant Republicans led by the cousin he detested, Thomas Jefferson.
Long Description
Widely regarded as America's most important Chief Justice, John Marshall influenced our constitutional, political, and economic development as much as any American. He handed down landmark decisions on judicial review, federal-state relations, contracts, corporations, and commercial regulation during a thirty-four year tenure that encompassed five presidencies, a second war of independence, the demise of the first American party system, and the advent of Jacksonianism and market capitalism. This is the first interpretive study of Marshall's early life that emphasizes the formative influences on him before he joined the Court. By that time his character and attitudes were fully formed through his childhood in the Virginia gentry, his service in the state militia and Continental Army, and his work as a prominent lawyer, a Federalist, and a diplomat. Drawing heavily on Marshall's own writings, this study views his pre-Supreme Court life as a cumulative experience that formed the identity and value system that he brought to bear on his experiences as Chief Justice. Robarge examines Marshall's social and political "education" in the unique milieu of late 18th century Virginia for its own intrinsic interest, as well as for its relationship to his profound contribution to the Court. The events and situations that shaped Marshall's personality and attitudes directly influenced his leadership style. They also had a deep impact upon his efforts to establish an independent judiciary, to unify the nation through territorial expansion and a legal "common market," and to revive the moribund Federalist party as a balance to the dominant Republicans led by the cousin he detested, Thomas Jefferson.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Appointment Childhood in the Frontier Gentry
1755-1774 The Revolutionary War Experience
1774-1781 Lawyer and Lawmaker in the Old Dominion
1781-1787 Virginia Nationalist
1787-1791 Southern Federalist (I)
1791-1797 Diplomatic Interlude: The XYZ Mission
1797-1798 Southern Federalist (II)
1798-1801 Chief Justice
1801-1835 Bibliography
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