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John Marshall

John Marshall was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, the eldest of fifteen children. He was educated by his parents and a clergyman who lived with the family. As a young man, John served in the Virginia Minutemen alongside his father, later joining the Continental Army in 1776. An early alliance formed with Washington when the Marshalls fought under his leadership in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. John was also present during the infamous winter in Valley Forge.


John Marshall is credited with establishing the authority of the Supreme Court as equal with the legislative and executive branches of the United States federal government

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“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.”

“The Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens”


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