American Founders Luncheon Series
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street


Dr. Jeffry H. Morrison
December 9, 2014American Founders Luncheon
“John Witherspoon, Grandfather of the Constitution”

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If James Madison was the Father of the Constitution, then John Witherspoon was its grandfather. The Rev. Dr. Witherspoon was Madison’s college president, professor of moral philosophy, and for a year his personal graduate tutor at Princeton University. Witherspoon was the greatest intellectual influence on Madison during his formative college years, and continued to advise Madison (and Alexander Hamilton) well into his political career. Witherspoon bequeathed to Madison a political theory of mixed government with checks and balances, a theory of human nature’s limits that made such checks and balances necessary, and a robust theory of religious liberty, which he lived to see Madison protect in Virginia politics and in the First Amendment to the federal Constitution.

Join us on December 9, 2014, at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Club to hear Dr. Jeffry H. Morrison discuss “John Witherspoon, Grandfather of the Constitution.” To register, please contact Mrs. Brenda Vinton at blvinton@gcc.edu or (724) 450-1541. And, please bring a friend. The cost of lunch is $17.76.

morrison_smJeffry H. Morrison, Ph.D. is associate professor of government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, and director of academics at the federal government’s James Madison Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated with distinction from Boston College and from Georgetown University, where he earned a Ph.D. in government. Dr. Morrison has also taught at Princeton University as visiting assistant professor and James Madison Fellow in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics, at the U.S. Air Force Academy as assistant professor and an award-winning member of the Department of Political Science, and at Georgetown University as Bradley Research Fellow and Lecturer in the department of government. He has published as author or editor four books on American constitutionalism and leadership, including “John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic” (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005, 2007) and chapters, articles, and reviews in scholarly publications such as “American Political Thought,” “Journal of American History,” and “Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.” He has lectured at colleges and historic sites throughout the United States and in England (Hertford College, Oxford), and has made media appearances on radio, in journalism, and on television.

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