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John Marshall was born on September 24 1755 in Prince William County Virginia When John was ten his father decided that they were going to move into a valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains almost thirty miles from the house they lived Johns parents were not well educated but they could read and write The books were very hard to take care of and were very expensive Marshall had a house bible but other than that they have almost no books to refer to Johns father Thomas was good friends with George Washington Washington had a library and he let John use and was the books were very helpful The Marshall family had decided that John would be a lawyer John went to William and Mary College where he attended the law lectures of George Wythe John Marshall joined the Culpeper Minute Men and was chosen as the LieutenantJohns grandfather on his mothers side had been one of Yorktowns wealthiest men but the war had ruined him financially The family had taken a small tenement apartment next to the headquarters of Colonel Thomas Marshall who extended his protectionMarshalls private law practice continuously grew He became a well-known attorney but his dress habits didnt change Then he hired the best dressed attorney he could find for the customary one hundred dollars Finally Marshall went to court to a hearing and was so deeply impressed that he pleaded to take the case The fellow had paid the lawyer He only had five dollars left and he took the case In 1797 President John Adams appointed him to an American Mission to France to aid in the trade negotiations John Marshall returned to the United States to be enthusiastically received by most of the country Marshall was a part of the Marbury vs Madison trial his opinion of the trial was his intellectual and of moral force and he foreshadowed the views he would express in later trialsAfter
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