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Born in McComb, Pike County, Mississippi, Marsalis attended the public schools of McComb, Mississippi. He moved with his parents to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1922. Student at the University of Mississippi in 1925 and 1926. He graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1934. He was admitted to the bar March 14, 1935, and commenced the practice of law in Pueblo, Colorado. Investigator in district attorney's office in Pueblo in 1935 and 1936. He entered the United States Army May 11, 1942, assigned to the Weather Squadron, United States Air Force, and was discharged on June 16, 1945.
Marsalis was elected district attorney, tenth judicial district of Colorado, in 1944 and took oath of office while on furlough January 9, 1945. Assumed duties upon release from Army and served until December 1948.
Marsalis was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first Congress (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950 to the Eighty-second Congress and for election in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress. He was appointed city attorney December 15, 1952, and served in that capacity until elected district judge, tenth judicial district of Colorado, November 1954. He served in that office until his retirement February 28, 1962. Resided in Pueblo, Colorado, where he died June 26, 1971. He was interred in Roselawn Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "John H. Marsalis (id: M000144)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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