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Tucker-Ewell papers

Tucker-Ewell papers, 1770-1893
Tucker-Ewell papers
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Papers, 1770-1893, of St. George Tucker (1752-1827) of Williamsburg, Prince George, and Nelson Counties, Virginia, consisting of correspondence and receipts. Tucker's papers include legal opinions, correspondence covering personal, business, and political news. Collection also contains the papers of Benjamin Stoddard Ewell (1810-1894), President of the College of William and Mary, consisting of correspondence concerning Ewell's efforts to keep William and Mary operating in the years after the Civil War
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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 (d. 1837) 19 October 1791. Tucker died 10 November 1827 in Nelson County, Virginia.
  • Benjamin Stoddert Ewell was born 10 June 1810 in Georgetown, D.C., the son of Thomas Ewell (1785-1826) and Elizabeth Stoddert Ewell. He was the brother of Confederate General Richard Stoddert Ewell (1817-1872). Ewell attended the preparatory department of Georgetown College, then entered the United States Military Academy. After graduating 3rd in his class in 1832, he was appointed to West Point as a teacher. He resigned in 1836 to become the assistant principal engineer for the Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad. In 1839 he became the professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Hampden-Sidney College in Prince Edward County, Virginia. In 1846, he accepted a position at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia, but only stayed there two years. In 1848 he was appointed a professor of mathematics and the acting president of the College of William and Mary. In 1854 he became its 16th president. When the Civil War began, William and Mary shut down. Ewell organized the 32nd Virginia Infantry and served as its colonel. He was appointed assistant adjutant-general to Joseph E. Johnston and served in that position until he resigned 20 March 1865. After the war, Ewell worked to restore and reopen William and Mary, succeeding in 1869. However, financial problems forced the college to close from 1881 to 1888. To keep the school's charter from lapsing, Ewell would ring the bell to fulfill its obligations. He poured his own funds into the school to reopen it and in 1888, William and Mary was made part of the Commonwealth's education system and reopened. Ewell served as president emeritus from 1888 until his death 19 June 1894.
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For related materials see Misc. Reels no. 126 and no. 276.
Tucker-Ewell papers
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Coleman, George P.
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Photostats (negative).
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