John Laidley
( 1791 -- 1863 )



A number of Guyandotte citizens played roles in founding of Marshall Academy. Chief among them was attorney John Laidley (1791-1863). Laidley was a friend and admirer of Chief Justice John Marshall, with whom he had served in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830, and it was at Laidley's behest that the new school was named for the famed jurist. Born in Parkersburg and served in the War of 1812, After the war, he made his home in Guyandotte, where he practiced law until his death. In 1937, Marshall named Laidley Hall, a dormitory, in his honor.


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