Wythe, George, 1726-1806

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1726
Death 1806-06-08

Biographical notes:

Mayor of Williamsburg, Va., educator, and jurist.

From the description of Judicial decisions of George Wythe, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71068264

George Wythe was born in 1726 in Elizabeth City County, Va. He attended the College of William and Mary. Wythe studied law and was a member and clerk of the House of Burgesses. Member of Continental Congress. Signed Declaration of Independence. Speaker of House of Delegates. Judge of Virginia High Court of Chancery. Professor of Law and Police at William and Mary, 1779-1790. Moved to Richmond where he died in 1806.

From the description of Papers, 1781-1927 1781-1806. (College of William & Mary). WorldCat record id: 19676010

At this time, George Wythe was the Judge of the Chancery Court in Virginia. Alexander Donald was a Richmond tobacco merchant and associate of the London mercantile firm Burton and Donald.

From the description of Letter to Alexander Donald, 1790 April 20. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155866528

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia, law professor.

From the description of ALS, 1801 October 31 : [Richmond], to Everard Robinson, near the halfway house between York and Hampton. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 14186650

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia.

From the description of Order, 1761 Sept. 10, to the sheriff of Loudoun County, Va. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122625878

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia, chancellor in court of chancery, law professor.

From the description of ALS, 1779 February 1 : Williamsburg, to Robert Carter, Nomony Hall. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 14186676

Wythe was a Virginia lawyer, judge, and legal scholar. He signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence and served at the U.S. Constitutional Convention, but did notsign the Constitution. Wythe was appointed as the first professor of law in the U.S. at the College of William and Mary in 1779. He was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson, who received Wythe's book collection upon Wythe's death. Wythe was a slaveholder, but later became an abolitionist and freed his slaves. He was poisoned by his nephew with arsenic, but survived long enough to exclude his nephew from his will.

From the description of [Document] 1772 Mar. 4 / G. Wythe (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 501843404

Signer from Virginia.

From the description of Letter to John Page, 1776 October 7. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 52750870

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Subjects:

  • Courts
  • Fugitive slaves--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • Harlem Heights, Battle of, N.Y., 1776
  • Kip's Bay, Battle of, N.Y., 1776
  • Forms (Law)
  • Land use
  • Probate law and practice--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • Slavery--18th century--Primary sources
  • Slavery--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • Executors and administrators--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775

Occupations:

  • Jurists
  • Mayors--Virginia--Williamsburg
  • Educators

Places:

  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Romancocke Plantation (King and Queen County, Va.) (as recorded)
  • King and Queen County (Va.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Virginia--Williamsburg (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)