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September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
On Sunday, September 8, the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host a debate and presentation, featuring actors portraying Chief Justice John Marshall and President Thomas Jefferson, at Morristown National Historic Park. The program will be held in the Morristown National Historic Park Auditorium at 2 pm. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org. For directions to and information about Morristown National Historic Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/morr/index.htm.
Their debate today will be as personal as it is political. 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. Presented by the American Historical Theatre. John Marshall portrayed by Doug Thomas. Thomas Jefferson portrayed by Steve Edenbo.