John Marshall: Patriot, Statesman, Chief Justice

Visit the new John Marshall exhibit at the National Constitution Center, developed in partnership with the John Marshall Foundation, to explore the life of the nation’s fourth and longest-serving chief justice. Rare artifacts, personal items and priceless documents tell the story of John Marshall’s influential role in the early republic from his beginnings as a soldier during the American Revolution to his leadership that transformed the United States Supreme Court.

Exhibit Highlights Include:

• Marshall’s traveling desk from the 1797 XYZ Affair (Preservation Virginia)

• Marshall’s spectacles (Preservation Virginia)

• John Adam’s nomination of Marshall as chief justice (National Archives)

• 1831 portrait of Marshall by Henry Inman (Philadelphia Bar Association)

• Autobiographical letter written by Marshall in 1827
     (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)


Lead sponsors for the exhibit are: Bank of America, Cozen O’Connor, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and The Philadelphia Contributionship. Additional sponsors are: Pennsylvania Bar Association and Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Commission on Judicial Independence. The National Constitution Center and The John Marshall Foundation are grateful for these sponsorships.

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The John Marshall Foundation inspires commitment to the rule of law and the enterprise of American self-government by educating the public about the life, character, and service of the great Chief Justice. 

The Latest News

The John Marshall Foundation Genealogy Project

We are almost there! Now we need your help to reach our goal for the Genealogy Project. Please consider one of the following subscriber levels: Charter ($1500) Priority access to the online genealogy database A personalized family tree Four copies of the new Marshall genealogy book Two tickets to the 2017 Madeira Society reception Your name … Read More

The John Marshall Foundation Educational Impact 2011-2016!

Former JMF Board Members Gather

John Marshall Foundation Board members Brian Hager and Tom Slater hosted 25 former Board members at a luncheon in April at Hunton & Williams. Board Member Kevin Walsh gave a presentation on “John Marshall Day,” celebrations of the Great Chief Justice which were held throughout the U.S. during the 1800s. JMF President Caroline Smith Parkinson … Read More

Recommended Reading: Dog Gone by Pauls Toutonghi

Check out this heart-warming page turner about a Marshall cousin, Fielding Marshall, and his beloved dog, Gonker, a six-year-old golden retriever mix, who bolts into the woods while the two are hiking on the Appalachian Trail. The story follows the search for Gonker, who suffers from Addison’s disease and will not survive more than twenty-three … Read More

Message from the President

Dear Marshall Friends and Family,  On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is a pleasure to bring you an update on events at the John Marshall Foundation. It has been 10 years since the Board has undertaken a consultant-led strategic planning process. We have accomplished much in these 10 years, such as establishing the … Read More

Expansion Through Partnership and Professional Development

More than 100 secondary history and social studies teachers attended professional development workshops throughout August made possible by a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation (VLF) and presented in partnership with the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law. The VLF’s mission is to promote through philanthropy the rule of law, access to justice, … Read More

The John Marshall Foundation Hosts Marshall University President

The John Marshall Foundation hosted Marshall University president Jerome A. “Jerry” Gilbert, Ph.D., in August to discuss collaboration and continued partnership opportunities. Gilbert was named the 37th president of the University on Oct. 20, 2015. A Mississippi native with a background in biomedical engineering, Gilbert previously served for nearly six years as provost and executive … Read More

Marshall Family News – Family Frolic

More than 50 John Marshall descendants gathered at the Marriott Ranch, Sunday, May 1, 2016 for a buffet lunch, yard games and tours of The Fairfield Manor House, built in 1814 by the Great Chief Justice’s brother, James Markham Marshall. The Descendants Committee has been working on a comprehensive genealogy, which they plan to launch … Read More

The Madeira Society to Raise a Glass and Awareness

The John Marshall Foundation and Board Member Tad Thompson will host the second annual Madeira Society thank-you reception November 9, 2016, at Tuckahoe Plantation. Taylor Reveley, President, College of William & Mary, will offer “Thoughts on Marshall,” and Lisa Norris, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of Broadbent Selections will present a Madeira tasting. Named for Marshall’s favorite … Read More

Cocktails and Quoits

The newly formed JMF Junior Board hosted friends and associates at the John Marshall House for cocktails and quoits June 1. Alison Toepp chaired the event and Board member Kevin Walsh spoke about Marshall’s modern relevancy. Many thanks to sponsors Christian & Barton, Reed Smith, Hunton & Williams, McGuireWoods, Allen Allen Allen & Allen,and Kaplan … Read More