|Marshall (Photo courtesy Clements Library)|
An attorney, state legislator and member of the countrys highest court, Marshall was a very private person. However, in 1827, Associate Justice Joseph Story, Marshalls close friend, prevailed upon him to write an account of his life and career up to the time of the appointment. The Clements Library owns the original manuscript.
In conjunction with an exhibition on Marshall mounted by the Supreme Court that includes photographic reproductions of portions of this manuscript, the Clements and the court have published a pamphlet edition of Marshalls autobiography. The Events of My Life: An Autobiographical Sketch by John Marshall has an introduction by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and was edited by President Lee C. Bollinger and John C. Dann of the Clements Library.
The founding fathers come down to us as such distant people, says Dann, and a record such as this, where Marshall describes in his own words his actions, ambitions and motivations, allows us to appreciate that these were living human beings, no different from ourselves.
Copies of the Marshall pamphlet are available from the Supreme Court Gift Shop, 1 First Street NE; Washington, D.C. 20543 or (888)-539-4438. The cost is $4.95 plus shipping and handling.
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