Gentlemen of the Senate … John Adams Nominates John Marshall to be Chief Justice

We love these. Amazing letters saved by the National Archives.

This one is from President John Adams — who just lost the election and was out of office in about 10 weeks — nominating John Marshall to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

John Adams nominates John Marshall to become Chief Justice - January 20th, 1801
John Adams nominates John Marshall to become Chief Justice – January 20th, 1801

This was what Adams had to say about nominating John Marshall.

My gift of John Marshall to the people of the United States was the proudest act of my life.

About Tom

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

Check Also

Historic Train station in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Why Is It Named Gaithersburg?

For this edition of “Why Is It Named…?” we will head out to the Maryland …