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.

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