Debate: Chief Justice John Marshall & President Thomas Jefferson

September 8, 2019 @ 2:00PM — 3:30PM

The opposing views of Marshall and Jefferson on the authority of the judiciary and its role in our government formed the groundwork of how the judicial, legislative, and executive work together—and sometimes at odds with each other—to this day.

Debate: Chief Justice John Marshall & President Thomas Jefferson image

Hosted by the Friends Jacobus Vanderveer House and Morristown National Historic Park. Free Admission!

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John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States, but the first to establish the judiciary as an equal branch of the federal government. Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States, but the first to preside during and after a change of power from one political party to another political party on a national scale.

Their opposing views on the authority of the judiciary and its role in our government formed the groundwork of how the judicial, legislative, and executive work together—and sometimes at odds with each other—to this day. Marshall and Jefferson were distant cousins whose families had feuded with each other since before they were born. Their debate today will be as personal as it is political.


Presented by the American Historical Theatre. John Marshall portrayed by Doug Thomas. Thomas Jefferson portrayed by Steve Edenbo. Admission is free.