Gainesville/Haymarket John Marshall Highway's Namesake

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA VA License # 0225089470

John Marshall Highway in Gainesville and Haymarket, Virginia is named for a great and legendary Virginian, John Marshall.  Having snapped this photo of a statue in his honor while perusing Warrenton, Virginia's Courthouse, I decided to learn more about the man behind the name.

John Marshall was born on September 24, 1755 in Germantown, Virginia (located in what is now Fauquier County.)  His first note in history was serving under George Washington in the American Revolutionary Wary.  From there, as Virginia formed its State Government, Marshall was involved.  He was elected as a delegate, serving from 1782-1789, and again from 1795-1796.  During his tenure, he was involved in ratifying the Constitution of the United States on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Marshall was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1799-1800.  He was then called to serve at the right hand of President John Adams as Secretary of State, a position he held for just under a year from 1800-1801.

John Marshall made the most notable impact on our Country's history when he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Marshall established Judicial Review, or the power of the courts to strike down unconstitutional laws. 

To this day, John Marshall retains his place in U.S. history as the longest serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court   He served in that position until the day he died, July 6, 1835.

So next time you are driving down John Marshall Highway in Gainesville or Haymarket, Virginia, you'll have something to ponder other than traffic.


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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Honoring John Marshall by naming a highway for him in Virginia is a wonderful way to remember a politician who meant so much to his state.



Aug 15, 2009 03:07 PM #1
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Chis Ann

You guys are so lucky to have so much our national history so close to you.  At the drop of a hat you can just about see whatever you like.

Aug 15, 2009 04:17 PM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Betty:  I'm sure there's all kinds of John Marshall namesake things all over our Commonwealth.

Trey:  True.  However, the downside is it gets taken for granted.  I was 23 years old before I went to the top of the Washington Monument.

Aug 15, 2009 04:20 PM #3
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

I should know all this since I LIVE off of John Marshall Highway.  Great localism post.

Sep 18, 2010 10:38 PM #4
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Anne:  I didn't know until I researched him after snapping this photo in Warrenton. 

Sep 18, 2010 11:08 PM #5
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