On this day in leadership history in 1801, John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States. Early in his career, it said that Marshall was noted for his good humor and black eyes, which were “strong and penetrating, beaming with intelligence and good nature” but his direct nature in communicating and legal arguments was never considered eloquent or diplomatic.
One of the “Founding Fathers” of our nation, Marshall took a strong stance on slavery that he believed was an “evil”, and he opposed the slave trade. He passed away at the age of 79, having served as Chief Justice for over 34 years. The Liberty Bell was rung following his death—a widespread story claims that this was when the bell cracked, never to be rung again.
John Marshall – Wikipedia