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John Marshall and Daniel Webster were two of the most influential people in helping the United States interpret the Constitution They both lived by the rules outlined in the Constitution and tried to persuade others to do the same John Marshall was a justice on the Supreme Court for thirty-five years He molded the constitution with his verdicts in court cases such as Marbury v Madison Daniel Webster expounded the Constitution from his seat in both the House of Representatives and the Senate John Marshall was born in Prince William County Virginia on September 24 1755 He was the first of 15 children and had little formal education At the age of twenty he left his study of law to enlist in the Continental army in which he became a captain Cook 27 He fought in the Revolutionary War alongside George Washington whom with his father was very good friends After the Revolution he returned to his studies He was send to William and Mary College in 1780 where he attended the law lectures of George Wythe James Madison was the President of the college at that time and it has been said that Marshall took a philosophy class from him Loos 276 While working as a lawyer in Virginia Marshall met Mary Ambler who was the daughter of one of Yorktowns wealthiest men On January 3 1783 the two were married By this time John Marshall was a member of the bar in Virginia and a member of the Legislature While living in Virginia his law practice flourished but was hindered by his poor dress habits From 1782-1790 and again from 1795-1796 he served in the House of Delegates He became a recognized leader of the Federalist Party and a rival of Republican Thomas Jefferson Marshall participated in debates over whether the Constitution should be adopted by the state of Virginia Cook 77 President Adams asked him to become an Associate Justice of the
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