Sepia Saturday


This week’s prompt is court-related. Judges, lawyers, and trials come to mind. Here’s what I found from Flickr Commons.


John Marshall portrait, National Gallery

John Marshall was the fourth and longest serving Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Under the 34-year leadership of Chief Justice John Marshall, the Supreme Court of the United States transformed itself from a minor court of legal issues into a powerful third branch of government. Marshall infused his court with the power to declare laws of the federal government unconstitutional and to declare that state laws violated the federal constitution. Further, Marshall provided the Supreme Court and the new republic a vision of the nature of the Union–a nation powerful enough to act but not so powerful as to smother the states. Marshall’s “judicial nationalism” became a beacon of unity in the United States before the Civil War. Most important, John Marshall defended and fulfilled the constitutional goals of a strong federal judiciary and a Supreme Court equal to the president and Congress in prestige, influence, and power ” (Historic  World Leaders, 1994).

Below are two very serious judicious photos from Canadian Archives found in Flickr Commons:
Judges - First Appellate Division



“John Marshall.” Historic World Leaders. Gale, 1994. Biography in Context. Web. 17 Jan. 2015.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharon
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 06:07:24

    I wonder if John Marshall was happy with that portrait. He looks like he needs to go to the toilet!



  2. Bob Scotney
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 07:01:11

    Are you able to tell us the year that he was Chief Justice?



    • smkelly8
      Jan 18, 2015 @ 12:17:43

      He served from 1801 – 1835 when he died, Bob. Also, I was wrong originally in saying that he was the first Chief Justice. He was fourth and John Jay was first. Because law schools are named after him and his decisions are used in a lot of cases taught in law school, I had the wrong impression, but have corrected this post.



  3. Little Nell
    Jan 18, 2015 @ 15:22:04

    Oh dear,I don’t think I would ever re-offend were I to come before that first ‘bench’ of worthies.



  4. Lorraine (Boobook)
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 20:47:22

    John Marshall must have had a strong personality to achieve what he did but that doesn’t come across in his portrait.



  5. Tattered and Lost
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 01:07:25

    Sadly, so many courts still look like this. Heck, most of government still looks like this.



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