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The election of Mr. Marshall to the Virginia Convention of 1788, called to ratify or reject the Constitution proposed for the United States, was a marked tribute to his abilities on the part of the people of Henrico County, then comprising the city of Richmond, and was also striking evidence of his great personal popularity … Read More


At the session of 1782 Mr. Marshall took his seat in the General Assembly of Virginia as a member from the county of Fauquier. He was then twenty-seven years of age, already in the front rank of his profession as a lawyer, but as yet without any experience in political affairs. His stirring, active life … Read More


In 1780–81 Marshall was admitted to the bar and entered on the practice of law in Fauquier County. With his fine abilities, his high character, his family antecedents, and local surroundings in his native county, it is not surprising that his success was assured at once. He was spared the customary ordeal of climbing upward … Read More


John Marshall was not yet twenty years of age when he enrolled himself in a volunteer company, which had been formed mainly by his efforts. His attention seems to have been wholly given to perfecting himself in the necessary drill and equipment for efficient military service in the field. The zeal and ardor of the … Read More


John Marshall was born on the 24th day of September in the year 1755, at Germantown, a roadside village in what was then the frontier county of Fauquier in the colony of Virginia; the place is now known as Midland, a station on the Virginia Midland Railroad. Attaining his majority in 1776, he entered active … Read More

Introduction to 2017 Edition

American Statesmen John Marshall Allan B. Magruder (author) John T. Morse, Jr. (editor of 1898 edition) Kevin C. Walsh (editor of 2017 edition) (c) 2017, Kevin C. Walsh Introduction to 2017 Edition John Marshall ranks in the all-time top three of American nation builders. George Washington is number one. He was “first in war, first … Read More

The Madeira Society: A Toast To John Marshall

In November, Madeira Society members gathered at Tuckahoe Plantation for food, fellowship, and of course, Madeira. Tad Thompson, JMF Board Member and Tuckahoe owner, offered a history of the house, followed by Judge Roger Gregory, also a JMF Board Member, who introduced William & Mary President Taylor Reveley, keynote speaker. In his talk, Reveley pondered … Read More

The Great Chief Justice to be Featured in Educational Documentary

The John Marshall Foundation is working with the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) to produce a video titled “I Was the First. You Can Be a Lawyer, Too!” a web-based documentary designed to feature first-generation lawyers. The JMF has been asked to tell the story of John Marshall as a prime example of a first-generation … Read More

JMF Receives Theater Grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

The JMF is pleas ed to announce a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to write and produce a play about John Marshall’s role as Chief Justice presiding over the Aaron Burr treason trial. Look out, Hamilton! David L. Robbins, New York Times best-selling author and award-winning playwright, is writing … Read More

Message from the President

Dear Marshall Friends and Family, The strategic planning effort started last fall under the steady and able guidance of Bryan & Jordan Consulting continues in 2017. A preliminary plan outlines a working vision statement that reflects an exciting broadening of scope and impact: “By 2026, the John Marshall Foundation will be recognized as the national … Read More