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December 10, 2018

Historical group to mark “The Year of John Marshall”

Born at Germantown (near present-day Midland), John Marshall lived in Northern Fauquier and service as chief justice of the United States from Feb. 4, 1801 to July 6, 1835.
John Marshall’s boyhood home, Oak Hill near Delaplane.
The Mosby Heritage Area Association will celebrate 2019 as the “Year of John Marshall,” with a series of events focusing on the esteemed chief justice and Fauquier native son.

“No American legal mind has had a greater impact on our judicial system than John Marshall (who) served as chief justice for more than 30 years, shaping the very nature of the Supreme Court and its role in government,” association Executive Director Jennifer Moore said. “To commemorate the bicentennial of the landmark case McCulloch v. Maryland, the Mosby Heritage Area Association is hosting a number of events throughout 2019 to celebrate John Marshall’s life and legacy.”

Born near Midland in 1755, Mr. Marshall served in the Continental Army through many battles and the winter at Valley Forge. He returned to Virginia to study law at the College of William and Mary. Following the Revolution, he represented Fauquier County in the Virginia Assembly and served in the U.S. House of Representatives and as secretary of state.

He earned greater fame as the fourth chief justice of the United States. Appointed in 1801 by John Adams, Mr. Marshall spent more than three decades in the court, where he shaped the power of the judiciary branch. Many of the best known and far reaching cases in American history came from the Marshall court.

Marbury v. Madison established the precedent of judicial review, while McCulloch v. Maryland introduced the concept of Congress holding implied powers not expressly presented in the Constitution. Those decisions remain central to the Supreme Court and continue to influence law.

The Mosby Heritage Area Association plans these events:

• Saturday March 23 — John Marshall’s Richmond: A Bus Tour

It will follow the footsteps of the chief justice to explore Richmond’s historical sites. Highlights will include a guided tour of the Virginia State Capitol, guided tour of the John Marshall House, a visit to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture with the new exhibit John Marshall, and lunch at the Commonwealth Club.

• Saturday April 6 — The Life and Legacy of John Marshall: A Symposium

MHAA has invited scholars to present on every aspect of Mr. Marshall’s life and career, from his legal legacy to his personal life and business connections. The symposium will be held at historic Llangollen Farm, on property once owned by the Marshall family.

• Fall date TBD — The Marshalls and the Fauquier Free State

Although best remembered today for being a chief justice, Mr. Marshall was a prominent landowner in Fauquier County. The event will explore how his role as a landlord put him at odds with many of his tenants. Driven off by high rents, some tenants fled to the more rugged parts of Mr. Marshall’s vast holdings and formed their own “free state” that retains its independent culture to this day.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 540-687-5578.
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Jeffersonian American · January 18, 2019 at 8:58 am
A fine, intellectually honest examination of the true legacy of John Marshall and his birthing of our modern Supreme Court of the United States- good, bad and ugly- can be found in the following review:

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