When the marshall board was a swamp, it didn’t have a president
By Nick H. Pappas National Geographic cover story In the spring of 1959, as the United States was in a crisis of leadership, a man named James F. Marshall, the secretary of commerce, announced the creation of the Marshall Board of Trade.
The new board, the president said, would be tasked with regulating and regulating the marshals in order to “make them feel at home.”
“The marshals’ jobs are to protect our country, to make sure our people are safe,” Marshall told the audience.
“They’re the backbone of our government.
They are the backbone and they’re the heart of our society.”
In order to achieve that, Marshall laid out his vision for the marshal board, which would be “the finest and most efficient administration in history,” he declared.
It would be run by “the best people in the country, men and women who have a deep sense of patriotism and who believe that the marshalls should have the highest level of rights and privileges and responsibilities that any government in history can possibly have.”
Marshall envisioned the marshally board as a “peace corps” staffed by professional, trained officers who would “fight to protect the people of the United Kingdom and our nation, to preserve the integrity of our courts, to safeguard the integrity and sovereignty of our nation and to enforce the laws and regulations of our country.”
In a letter to the Marshalls, Marshalls secretary of state, Robert A. McNamara, noted that the United Nations had created the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 1957.
The court was “the ultimate arbiter of human rights” and, therefore, it would “become a focal point for the administration of the marshalds,” he wrote.
“The United States, as a nation, will have a role in this important task.”
Marshalls first marshal, George S. Patton, was named president in 1958.
As president, Patton’s administration set aside money for the board to hire the “best of the best” in the United State and other countries to represent them at international conventions.
Patton also appointed a number of his own advisors to the board, including former president Dwight D. Eisenhower, who “advised the marshalling team on matters of vital importance,” according to the historian Robert F. Williams.
When the board was disbanded, the Marshals made the choice to replace Patton with a man with a decidedly different view of marshal duty.
“If I had a daughter,” Patton said, “she would be the first person I would have in my life who could understand what we are doing.”
It was during this time that Patton began his own private war against the marshalty board.
Patton wrote to Patton and said he was “troubled” that the board had become “a political instrument.”
Patton argued that “the marshals have a vested interest in preserving the marshaling services and the way we run our business,” according the historian John D. Hart, who reviewed Patton’s letters.
“It is not our business to pick a president, a vice president, or a governor,” Patton wrote.
The marshals were to be protected by “a committee which is composed of all of us,” and would be charged with “a task to be carried out by the Board of Directors,” Patton warned.
“This committee will consist of the most intelligent, energetic and experienced of the men and woman of the U.S. marshals.
It will consist solely of marshals.”
Patton had created a new position for himself, one that was “unusual in its importance.”
As Patton’s letter began, he wrote, “I have a new task.
The task of marshaling the nation.”
Patton’s position as president was to “take charge of the business of the board and take it forward in a manner that is to be judged on the merits.”
His letter went on to say that the Marshlands board “will be charged to make the marshaled services of the nation a success.”
But Patton’s concerns were only the beginning.
As Patton began to implement the marshalled board, he was also putting his own personal views into practice.
In a January 1958 letter to his secretary of war, Patton wrote that the “Marshall Board should be the guardian of the rights of all American marshals” and that “there is no reason why the marshalfied should not have the right to take possession of their property and property of the American marshal corps.”
Patton also suggested that marshals who had not been assigned to work as marshals on a national scale should be “allowed to be self-employed” and “should be able to pursue their own pursuits without having to submit to the supervision of the Board.”
Patton did not, however, follow through with his proposal.
The Marshalls board never took action against Patton.
Patton was not charged with crimes.
The war against marshals did not begin in earnest until May of 1959.
After several years of planning and negotiations,