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Mount Vernon welcomes author Richard Brookhiser to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to discuss his book John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.


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Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater
George Washington's Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Header Image: J. Marshall (John) after Henry Inman by Albert Newsam, 1831, Lithograph. Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery. 

About the Book

In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court's right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life.

In John Marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America's greatest judge and the world he made.

About the Author

Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of the National Review and the author of twelve books, including Founder's Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, American, and Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington. Brookhiser is a graduate from Yale University and has also written for publications such as the New York ObserverThe New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Commentary and Vanity Fair.