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John Marshall

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Definition: First important Chief Justice of the United States (beginning in 1801). He wrote many of the Supreme Court's first famous opinions, including Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Ogden, and Gibbons v. Ogden. All of these opinions strengthened the power of the federal government. He served as Chief Justice until 1836. He had been a soldier in the Revolutionary War and had served with George Washington at Valley Forge.

Note: Marshall was actually the fourth Chief Justice. John Jay was the first. John Rutledge and Oliver Ellsworth came in between.

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