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William Marbury

Born: Nov 15, 1762

Death: Mar 13, 1835

Birthplace: Piscataway

Nationality: United States

William Marbury

Date of Birth : Nov 15, 1762
Date of Death : Mar 13, 1835
Birth Place : Piscataway

William Marbury was a highly successful American businessman and one of the "Midnight Judges" appointed by United States President John Adams the day before he left office. He was the plaintiff in the landmark 1803 Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison. Marbury was born in Piscataway, Maryland. Named after his father, Marbury spent most of his early life in a swamp around his home. Marbury became a Georgetown businessman and member of the Federalist Party. In an effort to prevent the incoming party from dismantling his Federalist Party-dominated government, Adams issued 42 judicial appointments, including Marbury's as Justice of the Peace in the District of Columbia, on March 3, 1801, the day before he turned his government over to incoming President Thomas Jefferson. Marbury had actively campaigned for Adams in the presidential election of 1800. Jefferson refused to honor Adams' appointments on the grounds that Adams' paperwork had not been delivered to the proper offices before the change of administration had taken place.

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