Magazine November 12, 2018, Issue

Supreme Jurist

John Marshall, by Rembrandt Peale (Wikimedia Commons)
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, by Richard Brookhiser (Basic Books, 336 pp., $30)

Here’s a question that shouldn’t stump any history buff but that is apt to baffle more than a few: Who served both as secretary of state and as chief justice of the Supreme Court?

If the riddle leaves him whom you query bewildered, add these conspicuous details: The jurist and statesman was among the Revolutionary War vets who survived the winter at Valley Forge, and he helped lead the fight for the Constitution’s ratification in Virginia. One of three American diplomats who refused Talleyrand’s bribe request in the XYZ Affair, nearly sparking a war with France, he was then tapped

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