History of the supreme court of the united states volume ii foundations of power john marshall 1801 1815 george l haskins and herbert a johnson new york macmillan 1981 pp 687 tables and index 35 william f swindler ten years after the publication of the first volume of this ex haustive history of the supreme court1 the second . Foundations of power john marshall 1801 1815 is the second volume of the oliver wendell holmes devise history of the supreme court of the united sates the volume covers the beginnings of the supreme court under chief justice john marshall and surveys the first fourteen years of john marshalls tenure. The marshall court 1801 1835 my gift of john marshall to the people of the united states was the proudest act of my life john adams president marshall skillfully asserted the courts mightiest power and dignity in its first great crisis in congress the lame duck federalists had passed a law to reduce the. When marshall was appointed by john adams the supreme court was widely viewed as a weak institution with little impact on government or societyhowever the marshall court became a check on the power of the executive and legislative branches many opinions written during marshalls tenure established precedents which still continue to define the powers of the federal government to this day
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