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M, Marshall Statue.

Edited By: Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely Jr., Joel B. Grossman

From: The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Kermit L. Hall

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved. Subscriber: null; date: 07 June 2023

Marshall Statue.

In 1882 Congress commissioned the acclaimed sculptor William Wetmore Story to execute a monumental statue of John *Marshall. Story depicted the chief justice in middle age as an authoritative interpreter of the Constitution. The colossal bronze figure, seated in judicial robes, clasps the Constitution tightly in one hand, while extending the other in a gesture of benevolent appeal. On the marble base of the statue, Story celebrated the nationalistic constitutional tradition with two symbolic friezes. Unveiled in 1884 on the west front of the Capitol, the Marshall statue was moved to the ground floor of the Supreme Court Building in 1982.

See also sculpture in the supreme court building.

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