Joel Richard Paul | Without Precedent

In this comprehensive biography of John Marshall, Paul fleshes out the great Federalist’s trajectory from log cabin to Supreme Court. Marshall (1755-1835) served in the Continental Army for five years, starting as a Culpeper Minuteman and enduring the brutal Valley Forge winter with Washington. He had

little formal education but became a successful lawyer and represented Virginia in the U.S. House before being appointed ambassador to France and then Secretary of State by John Adams. Later he accepted
the nomination to the Supreme Court, and became the longest-serving Chief Justice. Throughout this illuminating look at Marshall’s ideological differences with his cousin, Jefferson, and his essential role in establishing constitutional law, Paul, author of Unlikely Allies and a professor at the University of California Hastings Law School, also presents the statesman as an often frustrated husband and father.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW, 20008
Washington
07 April , Saturday 15:30

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