Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
—John Marshall Park —
Chief Justice of the United States
Plaque erected under the auspices of the
Columbia Historical Society
the Bar Association
of the District of Columbia.
[Inscription on wall below the marker plaque:]
Born Germantown, Virginia - September 24, 1755
Culpeper Minutemen, Lieutenant - 1775
Continental Army, Colonel - 1776-1781
Studied at William and Mary - 1780
First elected to Virginia House of Delegates and begins practice of law - 1782
Delegate, Virginia Convention for Ratification of the United States Constitution - 1788
Envoy to France during the XYZ Affair - 1797-1798
Elected Virginia Representative to Congress - 1799
Secretary of State under President John Adams - 1800
Third Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court - 1801-1835
Died, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - July 6, 1835
Erected 1983 by Columbia Historical Society and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Location. 38° 53.535′ N, 77° 1.033′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Touch for map. The marker plaque is on a low retaining wall in John Marshall Park. It is accessible for pedestrians at the east side of the park's south (Pennsylvania Avenue) entrance. The Marshall statue is in the north center of the park, toward the entrance from C Street, NW. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chief Justice John Marshall (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General George G. Meade Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington City Spring (about 400 feet away); Pennsylvania Avenue (about 600 feet away); Andrew W. Mellon (about 700 feet away); National Grange (about 700 feet away); Protecting Consumers and Competition (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
More about this marker. The statue by William Wetmore Story was cast in Rome in 1883. It was relocated from the west side of the Capitol with construction of John Marshall Park at the residence site and dedicated by the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation in 1983.
Also see . . .
1. John Marshall (Submitted on August 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. The John Marshall Statue. (Submitted on August 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. John Marshall: Defender of a Nation. ... Far from championing unbridled judicial activism, Marshall was always mindful of the restraints on judicial power. Hobson points out that Marshall sought to distinguish legal questions from political issues. For example, Marshall repeatedly deferred to the political branches of government in matters pertaining to foreign affairs. Likewise he was cautious in handling politically sensitive slavery cases. Notwithstanding his growing personal distaste for slavery, Marshall was reluctant to second-guess legislative determinations that slavery was lawful. In short, moderation was a key component of Marshall’s judicial philosophy. ... (Submitted on January 1, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. John Marshall Memorial Park. ...John Marshall Memorial Park will have the unique responsibility to educate and inspire all who visit about the importance of the Judicial Branch, the scope of the U.S. Constitution, and the life and times of the founding fathers who envisioned the government as we know it today. ... (Submitted on January 1, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
5. William Wetmore Story. (Submitted on August 20, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Marbury v. Madison; William Wetmore Story, sculptor; Elijah Barrett Prettyman.
Categories. • Politics • War, US Revolutionary •
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