John Marshall Book Tour

Join National Review Institute for:

John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

with Richard Brookhiser

From abortion to gun rights and campaign finance, our lives today are directly affected by the decisions made by the United States Supreme Court. The heated battle over the Kavanaugh confirmation only underscores how much power the court wields, and how deeply entwined it is in partisan politics. But the Supreme Court didn’t always have such sway. Join us for an evening in a city near you with celebrated biographer and NRI fellow Richard Brookhiser as he traces John Marshall’s career through landmark decisions and explains how he transformed the Supreme Court into a central pillar of American life.


Tuesday, April 16 | Indianapolis, IN: Book event for Richard Brookhiser’s John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court. Co-hosted by the Sagamore Institute and the Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. RSVP HERE

Monday, April 22: Houston, TX | NRI Fellow Richard Brookhiser “John Marshall: The Man who Made the Supreme Court” Book Tour Co-hosted by the Federalist Society Houston Lawyers Chapter RSVP HERE

Check back, more dates will be announced soon! 

Past Events

Tuesday, March 5 Wilmington, DE | Co-hosted with the Delaware Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society

Tuesday, March 12 Los Angeles, CA | Co-hosted with the Los Angeles Federalist Society Lawyers’ Chapter and the Libertarian Law Council

Wednesday, March 13 Orange County, CA | Co-hosted with the Orange County Federalist Society

Thursday, March 14 San Diego, CA | Co-hosted with the San Diego Federalist Society Lawyers’ Chapter and the University of San Diego Federalist Society Student Chapter

In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court’s right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life. In John Marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America’s greatest judge and the world he made.

Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review, a senior fellow at National Review Institute, a columnist for American History, and the author of over a dozen books, including Founding Father: Rediscovering George WashingtonFounders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, and Alexander Hamilton, American. He received an honorary doctorate from Washington College in 2005 and a National Humanities Medal in 2008. He lives with his wife and fellow author Jeanne Safer in New York City.