Washington and Marshall: Federalist Forged in Battle Exhibit

Sep 20, 2019

10:00 am — 5:00 pm

818 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23219

In his autobiography, John Marshall shares that the most formative experiences of his life came not in court but in battle. That was where he served under George Washington, “the greatest Man on earth,” whose example would inspire and guide him for the rest of his life. The conditions they encountered at Valley Forge and the lack of strong leadership from the Continental Congress are thought to be leading influences in Marshall’s belief in the need for a strong and capable national government.

As John Marshall’s legal career grew, Washington pushed the young lawyer into political appointments, often to his chagrin. The first President recognized the young federalist as a good judge of character, often requesting his opinions of potential political appointees. In 1799, after his death, it was Marshall who read Washington’s eulogy on the floor of the House, as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow citizens.”

The newest exhibit in the John Marshall House‘s Justice Gallery features a newly conserved letter from Washington to Marshall, Marshall’s own First Edition copy of “The Life of Washington” which he authored and other objects typically not on display.

The exhibit debuts on August 30th and runs through the December 29.

Included with General Admission.