David Library Spring 2018 Lecture Series

         Friday, March 9 at 7:30 PM – Joel Richard Paul: “Without Precedent:  How the American Revolution Shaped Chief Justice John Marshall and the Supreme Court.”  No member of America’s Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and few did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation’s founding in 1776, and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle. As Chief Justice of United States, he established the independence of the Judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts. As the leading Federalist in Virginia, he rivaled his cousin Thomas Jefferson in political influence. As a diplomat and Secretary of State, he defended American sovereignty.  The author of the new biography, Without Precedent:  Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times, will explain how a rough-cut Virginia frontiersman with little formal education invented himself as a statesman, and then shaped America’s future as he held together the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the country itself.

Event date: 
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
David Library of the American Revolution
1201 River Rd.
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594488238
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 20th, 2018



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