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- Legal opinion, 6 April 1769, of George Wythe (1726-1806) of Williamsburg, Virginia, in the suit of Tucker vs. Travis offering his opinion on Mrs. Tucker's right of dower and her portion of the disputed estate and slaves
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- George Wythe was born in 1726 in Elizabeth City County, Virginia, to Thomas Wythe (d. 1729) and Margaret Walker Wythe. Educated by his mother, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Wythe studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1746 and began practicing in Elizabeth City County. In 1755, he moved to Williamsburg, and served as member of the House of Burgesses from 1758 to 1768. He moved to his estate in Elizabeth City County in 1763, but returned to Williamsburg in 1768. Wythe served as the clerk of the House of Burgesses from 1768 to 1775. A member of the Continental Congress in 1775-1776, Wythe signed the Declaration of Independence. Returning to Virginia, he was appointed speaker of the House of Delegates in 1777. Wythe was appointed judge of the Virginia Chancery Court in 1777 and until his death. He was also appointed sole chancellor of Virginia in 1778. Wythe taught law at the College of William and Mary from 1779 to 1791, when he resigned and moved to Richmond, Virginia, where he conducted a private school, teaching until his death. Wythe was also a delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1787, and a delegate to the state ratification convention in 1788. Wythe married 1st Ann Lewis (1726-1747) and 2nd Elizabeth Taliaferro (1740-1787). Wythe died in Richmond 8 June 1806, and was interred in St. John's Churchyard.
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