No image available

William Marbury

Other Name:
November 7, 1762
March 13, 1835
Home Town:
Columbia, MD
Anne Brewer Marbury (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
William Marbury was a Georgetown businessman and member of the Federalist party whom John Adams appointed justice of the peace of the District of Columbia the day before he left office. Because Adams had filled 58 judicial positions (42 justices of the peace and 16 federal judgeships), the Secretary of State, John Marshall, was unable to deliver all of the commissions before assuming his new role as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The men Adams appointed became known as the "Midnight Judges" for Adams' last-minute exploitation of the Judiciary Act of 1801 and the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801.

The appointments were made during the last few days before Adams left office, and were not delivered before the new President, Thomas Jefferson, was sworn in. Jefferson ...

Profession / Service

Contact Us

Do you have more information for the Ledger?

If you have family papers, objects, or any other details you would like to share, or if you would like to obtain a copy of an image for publication, please contact us at