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 John Marshall, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1801-1835)

John Marshall 
John Marshall, called the Great Chief Justice
 
John Marshall served as the 4th chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1801 until 1835. Under his leadership, the Supreme Court became a co-equal branch of the U.S. government, with the power of judicial review. In his early career, he served as the Recorder of the Hustings Court of the City of Richmond from 1785 until 1788. The Hustings Court was a predecessor to the current Circuit Court of the City of Richmond. His signature is found throughout the minute books of the Court. Excerpt from minutes book of the Court (1786).
 
For more information about John Marshall, visit the John Marshall House Museum on-line.

 Edgar Allan Poe - Writer

Edgar Allan Poe 
 
Called "America's Shakespeare," Edgar Allan Poe created or mastered the short story, detective fiction, science fiction, lyric poetry and the horror story. His dark genius has invited children and adults to read and love literature for over 150 years.
 
For more information about Edgar Allan Poe, visit the Poe Museum on-line.
 
 

 Maggie L. Walker - Businesswoman and Community Leader

Maggie L. Walker 
Deed (1904) to property at 110 1/2 East Leigh Street.
 
One of the nation’s great entrepreneurial spirits, this great African American woman, who was born during slavery, achieved success despite segregation and the limited opportunities offered to her race.
 
For more information about Maggie L. Walker, visit the Official National Park Service site on-line.