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).