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St. George Tucker letter

St. George Tucker letter, 1809 Aug. 8
St. George Tucker letter
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1809 Aug. 8
Letter, 8 August 1809, from St. George Tucker (1752-1827) in Nelson County, Virginia, to Philip Barraud (1758-1830) of Norfolk, Virginia, detailing his travel to Nelson County to visit his daughter Anne Frances Bland Tucker Coalter (1779-1813) and her husband John Coalter (1769-1838), including stops to visit the Ambler family in Richmond, Virginia, and the Cary family at Carysbrook, Fluvanna County, Virginia, and the Cocke family at Bremo, Fluvanna County. He concludes with comments on his stay with the Cabell family of Warminster, Nelson County. Letter is a late 19th century transcription of the original letter
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St. George Tucker was born 29 June 1752 (O.S.) in Port Royal, Bermuda. He emigrated to Virginia in his late teens and entered the College of William and Mary. Tucker graduated in 1772, entered the bar, and began practicing law in Williamsburg, Virginia. During the American Revolution, he served with distinction at the battle of Guilford Court House and at the siege of Yorktown. Tucker returned to his law practice and in 1788 was appointed as a judge of the General Court of Virginia. In 1800, he was appointed a professor of law at William and Mary. Tucker was appointed to the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in 1803 and served until he resigned in 1811. President James Madison (1751-1836) appointed Tucker to the Federal District Court for the District of Virginia in 1813 and he served until he resigned for reasons of health in 1827. Tucker married first, Frances Bland Randolph (d. 1788), the widow of John Randolph of Matoax in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He became the step-father of John Randolph of Roanoke (1773-1833). Tucker and his wife had three children including Henry St. George Tucker (1780-1848) and Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1784-1851). After the death of his first wife, Tucker married Lelia Skipwith Carter (1768-1837) 19 October 1791. Tucker died 10 November 1827 in Nelson County, Virginia.
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