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his home in Louisville, with the earnest purpose to confine himself exclusively to his profession, for he was, to use his own energetic expression, steeped in poverty to the very lips. But, like many others, the fascinations of public life proved too strong for him, and he again plunged into politics with his accustomed ardor. He was successful in his candidature, and twice represented the city of Louisville in the legislature of Kentucky. In 1837 he made the race for Congress against Mr. Graves, the regular nominee of the Whig party. The congressional district being a Whig stronghold, stood staunchly by the regular candidate, and Mr. Marshall was defeated by almost two thousand majority. He was deeply disappointed and did not attempt to conceal the bitterness of his feelings. As he said, the iron entered into his soul. He left Louisville immediately and returned to his old home in Versailles. During the ensuing year he announced himself as a candidate for the legislature fro