1755 - John Marshall born

           The future chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court - arguably the most important of all the 'founders' of the nation - is the oldest of 15 children born to Thomas and Mary Marshall, at Germantown, in Falquier County, Virginia, on September 24.  While inspired political theorists such as James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and James Wilson brought their words and ideas to the framing of the U.S. Constitution, it fell to Chief Justice John Marshall to turn those ideas and words into the workable machinery of a national government. Governing citizens who were "willing to govern but none to be governed" was a supreme challenge for early administrations and courts in the 19th century.