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
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