General William Louis Marshall
(b. June 11, 1846, Washington, Ky., d. July 2, 1920, Washington, D.C.). Military engineer William L. Marshall, one of the many famous Marshall family
members of Mason Co., was the son of Col. Charles A. and Phoebe A. Paxton Marshall. His great-uncle was U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall.
William Marshallattended Kenyon College grammar school and college in Gambier, Ohio, before the Civil War and then spent one year fighting for
the Union Army’s Kentucky 10th Cavalry. Ill health forced him to resign in 1863, but he recovered and received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. In 1868 he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers.
During his long military career, he discovered the Marshall Pass across the Rocky Mountains and constructed the Ambrose Channel within New York Harbor at New York City. He was involved in several major engineering projects, including the Hennepin Canal in Illinois, part of the Illinois Waterway that connected Chicago to the Mississippi River. He served as chief of engineers from 1908 until 1910, when he retired. He later became a consulting engineer to the U.S. Reclamation Service.
He died in an army hospital in the nation’s capital and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
“Fifty Years Ago, July 8, 1920.” Maysville Ledger Independent, July 8, 1970,4A.
Malone, Dumas. Dictionary of American
Quoted from pages 581 of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY THE UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KENTUCKY ISBN 978-0-8131-2565-7