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12 > Page 12 of Addresses delivered in honor of John Marshall Day, by members of the Fayette County Bar, February 4, 1901, Lexington, Ky.

sentially unlike. As a soldier he exhibited qualities not only of courage, but of persistence, endurance and capacity. Leaving the army, he early exhibited the highest qualities of a successful lawyer. In some way, I do not know exactly how, under a cold exterior, he carried such warmth of nature, as to win public affection, and was never defeated at the polls. On the floor of the Virginia Constitutional Convention to ratify the Federal Constitution, he showed himself in argument the peer of the greatest of those men, which is equivalent to saying the peer of any debaters the world ever heard, for the world has never seen a body of men in which higher intellectual qualities were daily displayed. He met Talleyrand in diplomatic struggle and was thie victor; on the floor of the House of Representatives, he was easily a leader; as Secretary of State he has had no superior in the one hundred years since he lived, and but two or three equals; and as Chief Justice he stands without a peer in the history of the world. There has been no greater judge presiding in any tribunal, speaking any language, than he was. The qualities of a soldier seemed to be rad- ically different from those which would give victory to the diplomat who was to meet Talleyrand; those quali- ties which would give success to such a contest would seem to be wholly dissimilar to the qualities which would give hope of victory in a forensic debate with Patrick Henry, and that arena is essentially unlike the chair of the Chief Justice of such a Court as our Supreme Court. This is not mysterious; it is not unfrequent in the his- tory of men. It is not very frequent because but too few men are given such opportunities, and few men have gifts equal in extent to those possessed by John Marshall, but in various degrees and according to the opportunities permitted it is not a unique life. But the man John Marshall was always greater than 12