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John Douglas Hall as James Madison at Gadsby’s Tavern | News Release | City of Alexandria

Photo © Old Town Post
Photo © Old Town Post

The date is November 8, 1815. Chief Justice John Marshall will be joining President James Madison for a discussion of the organization and operation of the Supreme Court and how, in 1815, it has changed since its initial formation with the Judiciary Act of 1789.   They will also be ready to discuss some of the Supreme Court Cases up to,  but not including, 1811 as it may be inappropriate to discuss cases since that time or that our “now pending.”

This public debate in the company of James Madison, as presented by John Douglas Hall, at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, is part of on-going series of presidential salons which began in 2010.  Public questions and opinions related to the salon topics are welcome and encouraged.

The salon, held in the Main Dining Room of Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant, will be from 3 – 4:30 p.m; check-in is at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street. Reservations are recommended and tickets are $15 per person and $10 for high school/college students. Madeira, Port and other libations will be available for purchase at the event.  To purchase tickets, please visit http://shop.alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4242.

Since 1985, John Douglas Hall has been following the life of James Madison on a day-by-day basis. He offers a very unique opportunity for today’s audiences to engage James Madison in conversation in the context of Madison’s own time.  In appearance, in content, syntax, and with a remarkable command of the period and the man, John Douglas Hall has presented James Madison in numerous academic, governmental, public and private forums for more than 25 years.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria and the new Federal City of Washington.  The tavern served as the premier gathering place for residents – including George Washington – and visitors to eat, drink, learn, and influence history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org.

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