Arguably the most influential Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States was John Marshall. While this may be partially a result of the time period and length of time he served as Chief Justice, he was responsible for the early formation and definition of the Court and its establishment as the third co-equal branch of government.
|Signature of Chief Justice John Marshall|
I can only guess that Robert and John knew each other, at least in their youth. They were both born in Virginia and families usually lived closer together in colonial days. It would be nice to learn how much they interacted throughout their lives.
I have little documentation of Robert Rankin's parents and grandparents. If you have any information or documentation about Robert Rankin and the Marshall family, please leave a comment.