Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Henrietta Fore, director of the U.S. Mint; and Frank Jones, president of the Supreme Court Historical Society hold a ceremony to unveil the Chief Justice John Marshall Silver Dollar at the Supreme Court Upper Great Hall in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2005. The new silver dollar commemorates the 250th anniversary of Marshall’s birthday, Sept. 24, 1755, and it is the first coin produced by the U.S. Mint honoring a Supreme Court Justice. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Cleveland State University is purging the name of the legendary late Chief Justice John Marshall from its 125-year-old law school because he was a slaveowner.
Critics say tearing down statues of America’s founders and early leaders, and removing their names from institutions is part of the woke movement aimed at canceling historic figures and lessons, and undermining the nation’s morale, traditions, and culture.
Marshall, who became the nation’s fourth chief justice in 1801, died in 1835. He was the nation’s longest-serving chief justice and its most influential. Marshall is most famous for his role in helping to fashion the defining 1803 precedent, Marbury v. Madison, which established the principle of judicial review; that is, the power of federal courts to declare legislative and executive acts unconstitutional.
In another opinion authored by Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), the court helped to establish the supremacy of the federal government over the states.
Scholars say Marshall made the Supreme Court what it is today and introduced an important means of curbing governmental powers and forcing political leaders to adhere to the U.S. Constitution.
But Marshall is criticized by some today for owning slaves, even though the practice was systemic throughout society and lawful at the time, and they say that this single fact outweighs all his other accomplishments.
On November 17, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law became the […]
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