The event will take place at historic Llangollen Farm near Upperville, on land once owned by the Marshall family. The symposium will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with catered lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
“No American legal mind has had a greater impact on our judicial system than John Marshall,” association Executive Director Jennifer Moore said. “The Fauquier County native served as chief justice for more than 30 years, shaping the very nature of the Supreme Court and its role in government.”
To commemorate the bicentennial of the landmark case, McCulloch v. Maryland, the Mosby Heritage Area Association plans a number of events throughout 2019 to celebrate Mr. Marshall’s life and legacy.
He was born in 1755 in a small log cabin near modern day Midland. As a young man he 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.
His most important legacy, however, results from his role as the fourth chief justice of the United States. Appointed in 1801 by John Adams, Mr. Marshall spent more than three decades on 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. These decisions remain central to the Supreme Court and continue to influence law to this day.
“As the current steward of Llangollen, it is both a privilege and honor to host this symposium on the life and times of the greatest steward of our nation’s Constitution,” property owner Donald Brennan said. “Had it not been for Chief Justice Marshall’s amazing guidance during the nation’s formative years, I seriously doubt we would be meeting here today. In particular, had it not been for him and his brother James, Llangollen would not be the reality it is today.”
MHAA has invited scholars to present on every aspect of the Mr. Marshall’s life and career, from his legal legacy to his personal life and business connections. Continuing legal education credits have been applied for and are pending approval.
The April 6 speakers and topics include:
• Candace Gray of Morgan State University, “The Cohen Brothers Gamble on Chief Justice Marshall: Cohens v Virginia, 1821.”
• Jennifer Hurst-Wender of Preservation Virginia, “John Marshall at Home.”
• Ben Lenhart of Georgetown University, “John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, and the Founding of the American Republic.”
• Kevin Walsh of The John Marshall Foundation, “John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, and the Nature of Our Union.”
Tickets are $90 for MHAA members and $110 for non-members.