Entry from US English dictionary
US jurists. John Marshall Harlan ( 1833–1911), US Supreme Court associate justice 1877–1911. A strong defender of civil rights, he declared in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) in a dissenting opinion that the Constitution is “color-blind.” His grandson and namesake, John Marshall Harlan ( 1899–1971), generally conservative, was a US Supreme Court associate justice 1955–71.
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