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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Sept. 23: John Marshall


WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for Sept. 23 from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Profile America Friday, September 23rd. The Supreme Court has been much in the news recently. Tomorrow marks the birthday of a man who is one of the key figures in the history of the court. John Marshall was born 250 years ago in Virginia. He served in the House of Representatives and as secretary of state under President John Adams, who appointed him to the position of chief justice in 1801. Under Marshall, who became known as “the great chief justice,” the court was largely responsible for defining its role and the basic organizing principles of government, in such landmark cases as Marbury vs. Madison. Each year, thousands of cases appear on the Supreme Court’s docket. Just over 80 reach the level of being argued before the court, and some 70 result in signed opinions. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at .

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2005, p. 498 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005, t. 1323


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