Marshall University students pay tribute to nation’s longest-service chief justice

Marshall University students pay tribute to nation’s longest-service chief justice
There was also a performance by the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - More than 30 representatives of Marshall University were in Richmond on Friday for events to celebrate the nation’s longest-service chief justice, John Marshall.

Marshall, who lived most of his life in Richmond, was chief justice from 1801-1835. Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., is named after him.

“When I became president of Marshall University several years ago, I decided I wanted to link our school even more closely to John Marshall’s life and legacy,” said university President Jerome A. Gilbert. “I have developed a profound respect and fondness for him. I think his legacy is significant and I am proud to have our university associated with his name.”

On Friday, faculty, students and staff took part in a service project at Marshall’s gravesite. There was also a performance by the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps.

“When I speak to prospective students, I tell them John Marshall is right up there with the Founding Fathers,” said Gilbert. "He played a significant role in the development of our legal system and helped define the U.S. Constitution. He stood for protecting individual rights and for interpreting the Constitution so everyone could benefit from the rights and privileges outlined in it. He stood for justice and respect.”

This is the third time members of the school have visited Richmond for these events, which includes a reception for Richmond alumni and prospective students at the John Marshall House.

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