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John Marshall papers

Identifier: 1978_090-UA

The Marshall papers span the 1810's through 1960's, with the bulk of the material covering the business and personal interests of the 1930's through 1960's. Included in this collection are papers related to the Marshall family, especially John Marshall, Sr.; personal correspondence, mainly between family members; diaries, logs, and clippings of hobbies, especially fishing; and the business reports and correspondence of the Puritan Cordage Mills, where Marshall served as Chairman of the Board, and general counsel.

The personal correspondence and hobby-related material yield enormous information of the personal life of Judge Marshall, and the business reports provide vital facts on business conditions in Kentucky.


  • circa 1810s-1970s


Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in the John Marshall Records have not been transferred to the University of Louisville.


3.75 linear feet (3 records center boxes)

Biographical / Historical

John Marshall, Jr., was born on September 14, 1894, the son of John Marshall, a former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. A native of Anchorage, Kentucky, the younger Marshall attended Williams College, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1922. As a member of the law firm of Marshall, Cochran, Heyburn, & Wells, John Marshall, Jr. became one of Louisville's best-known attorneys.

In 1931, Marshall received appointment as judge of the chancery, first division, of the Jefferson County Circuit Court. Three years later, he was appointed standing master in the chancery of the United States District Court for Western Kentucky. From 1945 to 1947, Marshall served as special judge for the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Marshall's interest in sports is well documented. In 1913 he was runner-up in an intercollegiate golf championship, and he placed well in other golf tournaments. As an avid fisherman, Marshall collected and recorded a wealth of fishing related material.

Marshall had extensive business interests in Kentucky. These included The First National Bank & Trust Co. of Louisville, the Kentucky Central Life & Accident Insurance Co. of Lexington, and most importantly the Puritan Cordage Mills, where he served as Chairman of the Board.

John Marshall, Jr., died on September 12, 1977, at the age of 83, at the Mount Holly Nursing Home in Louisville.


John Marshall Papers
Chris Schulz; finding aid created by Michele Lai-Fook
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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752