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The contributions of John Marshall to the development of the US political system Political Science 3110 John Marshall was born in Prince William County Virginia in 1775 His parents were not formally educated but could read and write They held a significant social religious and political status in the newly formed Fauquier County area where they lived Books were difficult to obtain on the frontier and quite expensive But John Marshall had a bible some Shakespearean literature Dryden and Pope from which he learned to read and write John Marshall joined the Culpeper Minute Men during the American Revolution He was chosen to be their Lieutenant and he would finish his career as a captain in the US Army The way John Marshall contributed most to our political system is by establishing the power of our constitution as the supreme law of our country and establishing a firm foundation to not only our judiciary branch but to our government as a whole It begins with the famous case of MADISON V MARBURY It starts with President Adams making his well-known number of midnight appointments before he left the office of presidency According to Richard Dixon writer for The American Revolution - an HTML project He Adams appointed forty-two persons to be justices of the peace The Federalist Senate confirmed them and the commissions were signed sealed but not delivered After Jefferson was inaugurated he directed Madison as Secretary of State to issue commissions to twenty-five of the persons appointed by Adams but to withhold the commissions from the other seventeen Among the latter was William Marbury These men applied to the Supreme Court demanding Madison deliver their commissions from former President Adams DIXON 1 This case resulted in the suit of MARBURY V MADISON The then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall established the practice of JUDICIAL REVIEW by federal courts over legislation issued by the Legislative and
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