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It would seem almost an impertinence, before an of audience lawyers, lawyers in praesenti et in futuro, if I should remind you that in the year 1899, at its annual session, the American Bar Association recommended the celebration of this day as the hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of John Marshall as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. And, by the way, it may interest us to recall the fact that his immediate predecessor in this high office was Oliver Ellsworth, of Connecticut.

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