CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 10/1787 - HFSID 45728
JOHN MARSHALL The attorney who would go on to serve as Secretary of State and as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court signs this document as a witness Autograph Document signed: "J Marshall" as Witness, 3¼p, 7¼x8¾. Virginia, 1787 October 5.
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JOHN MARSHALL The attorney who would go on to serve as Secretary of State and as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court signs this document as a witness Autograph Document signed: "J Marshall" as Witness, 3¼p, 7¼x8¾. Virginia, 1787 October 5. Begins: "The Deposition of Andrew Ronald taken in obedience to the annexed commission, on behalf of the parties litigant therein named and in answer to the second and third Interrogations thereunto subjoined". Document pertains to Seth John Cuthbert, who married Catherine Blair, the widow of Dr. James Blair, and concerns the amount of money the couple had when they were married. In part: "This deponent never, that he recolleck [sic], heard the said Seth John Cuthbert mention the said Deed after his marriage to the said Catherine". Moreover, the deposition mentions Catherine's mother. Also signed: "Andrew Ronald" and by another witness. "Pendleton" written at left margin of signature page. Additional unattached fourth page signed: "F. Hubard" in iron gall ink, 1p, 7¼x11½. No place, no date. This secondary deposition concerns the amount of money the couple had when they married. Mrs. Hubard has stated, in part: "That she does not know nor hath she reason to believe that Mrs. [illegible] or her daughter [Catherine] possessed any considerable sum of money at or previous to the marriage of the latter with Mr. Cuthbert" and that "the House of Mr Cuthbert after his marriage was plainly but not elegantly furnished." JOHN MARSHALL (1755-1835), who would become Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, had received little formal education. He spent only six weeks at William and Mary College, where he attended the law lectures of George Wythe in 1780. Marshall was admitted to the Virginia bar and his private law practice flourished despite his reputation as an indifferent dresser who often appeared in court in mismatched clothing and a slouch hat. Marshall, who served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1782-1790, 1795-1796), became a leader of the Federalist Party in the state and began his long-time political rivalry with Thomas Jefferson while he was still a practicing attorney. Marshall was elected to Congress in 1798 and served as congressman from Virginia from March 4, 1799 to June 7, 1800, when he resigned. President John Adams had appointed him Secretary of War on May 7, 1800. He was to succeed James McHenry, who had resigned, but the appointment was not considered by the Senate because, five days later, Adams dismissed Timothy Pickering as Secretary of State and appointed Marshall as Secretary of State. On January 31, 1801, Marshall became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, remaining in his position as Adams' Secretary of State until Jefferson's inauguration on March 4, 1801. He remained on the Supreme Court until his death on July 6, 1835. Lightly creased, touching signature, and stained. Chipped at edges. Creased, foxed, and shaded. Folds, 5-inch separation at mid-vertical fold. ¼- inch diameter paper loss at blank mid-vertical fold at lower horizontal fold. 2 red wax seal remnants at upper blank margins of first page. Fragile condition.
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