This section is from the book "The National Capitol. Its Architecture Art And History", by George C. Hazelton, Jr. Also available from Amazon: The National Capitol Its Architecture Art and History.
At the foot of the terrace, between the two main western stairways, is a bronze statue on whose base is inscribed: " John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States. Erected by the Bar and the Congress of the United States, A.D. MDCCCLXXXIV." This admirable work is by the American poet-sculptor, W. W. Story, and was executed in Rome in 1883. On the north side of the base is a basso-rilievo in white marble representing " Minerva Dictating the Constitution to Young America"; on the opposite side, " Victory Leading Young America to Swear Fidelity at the Altar of the Union." The statue reminds us of the recollections of Goodrich, who visited the city in the winter of 1819-20: "Among the judges were Marshall and Story, both of whom riveted my attention. The former was now sixty-four years old, and still in the full vigor of his career. He was tall and thin, with a small face, expressive of acuteness and amiability. His personal manner was entirely dignified, yet his brow did not seem to me to indicate the full force of his great abilities and lofty moral qualities. I saw him many times afterward, and learned to look with reverence upon him, as being the best representation of the era and spirit of Washington, which lingered amongst us".