Tuesday, June 7, 2016

John Marshall Birthplace

After some time at Chapman Mill and seeing a 1940's train steam through, we headed home, picked up my son who was now free to join us, and ventured to another part of our "backyard." Often on our drives we see this sign...
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So on this lovely June day we searched for history on the "edge of the American frontier" (as this article describes the location of John Marshall's birth). Today it is known as the western part of Northern Virginia, in Fauquier County, specifically Germantown.

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We had no idea exactly where to find the birthplace, so we drove around Germantown a bit before we finally found...

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...a well-planned park for John Marshall's birthplace.

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I had only expected a lonely trail hidden within the woods, so this was a complete surprise...

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We walked 1/2 mile through the woods to the birthplace...

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Just imagine walking through the woods that John Marshall played in as a boy...

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When he grew up he was a Culpeper Minuteman...

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He attended the College of William and Mary. Like his cousin, Thomas Jefferson, he studied law under George Wythe.

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He was a representative of Fauquier County in the Virginia State Assembly...

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He served in the US House of Representatives...

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He also served as Secretary of State...
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Then in 1801, President John Adams appointed Marshall Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the position for which he is most famed.

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Marshall is famous for his landmark decision in 1803's Marbury v. Madison, establishing judicial review (rendering Congressional decisions null and void if they violate the Constitution).

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Marshall was often at odds with his cousin, President Thomas Jefferson. Marshall advocated a strong federal government, whereas Jefferson maintained that power belonged to the states.

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On a lighter note, Marshall enjoyed reading Jane Austen books...

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...and the theater.

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Marshall was also quite the quoits player...

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A few years ago we got to visit Marshall's Richmond house, which I blogged about here.

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Resources:

http://www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments-h-z/parks-and-recreation/facilities/parks/john-marshall-birthplace-park

 http://www.fauquiertrails.com/map-tracks/john-marshall-birthplace-park-2/

 http://www.lva.virginia.gov/exhibits/marshall/

http://www.johnmarshallfoundation.org/john-marshall/life-legacy/

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