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About John Marshall

The center is named in honor of Richmond's famous citizen, John Marshall. Marshall is best known for his long tenure as Chief Justice of the United States from 1801-1835. He also served as United States Secretary of State from 1800-1801 and briefly as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1799-1800. During the Adams administration he distinguished himself as a special envoy in "the X, Y, Z affair."

"It is entirely fitting that this program honor the memory of Richmond's famous citizen, John Marshall, says Gary L. McDowell, one of the original co-directors of the Marshall Center. "In every role, one sees his firm commitment to responsible decision-making by political leaders that lay at the foundation of his understanding of the rule of law and modern constitutionalism."