Henry St. George Tucker (1831-1841)

Further reading:

W. Hamilton Bryson and E. Lee Shepard, “The Winchester Law School, 1824-1831,” Law and History Review, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer 2003), 393-409.

Philip Hamilton, The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family: The Tuckers of Virginia, 1752-1830 (2003).

E. Lee Shepard, “Lawyers Look at Themselves: Professional Consciousness and the Virginia Bar, 1770-1850,” The American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan., 1981), 1-23.

Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (2013), 58-59. Taylor discusses a personal letter Henry St. George Tucker wrote to his father about an enslaved boy his father sent to work in his home.

Rex Bowman and Carlos Santos, “Henry St. George Tucker and his ‘New’ Old Strategy,” Rot, Riot, and Rebellion: Mr. Jefferson’s Struggle to Save the University That Changed America (2013).

Chad Vanderford, “The Divided Legacy of a Founding Father: Henry and Beverley Tucker Confront Nullification and Secession,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 119, No. 3 (2011), 210-243.


Commentaries on the Laws of Virginia: Comprising the Substance of a Course of Lectures Delivered to the Winchester Law School (1831).

Introductory Lecture Delivered by the Professor of Law in the University of Virginia, at the Opening of the Law School in September 1841 (1841).

Lectures on government (1841).

Lectures on Constitutional Law: for the Use of the Law Class at the University of Virginia (1843).

Research collections:

Founders Online from the National Archives and Records Administration provides access to an exchange of letters between Tucker and James Madison, 1817-1819.

College of William and Mary (Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library)
Williamsburg, Va.

Tucker-Coleman Papers, 1664-1945; ca. 30,000 items.
Includes the Papers of Henry St. George Tucker; see catalog record. Also available on microfilm at the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library Microforms (M 1021 ).

Duke University (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
Durham, N.C.
Henry St. George Tucker papers, 1796-1896; 8 items.
Includes a letter, 1834, from Henry concerning the hiring of a teacher for his children; and personal and financial letters from Henry St. George Tucker to John Lisle.

Tucker-Coalter Family Letters, 1794-1821; 38 items.  
Includes letters from John Randolph, known as “Randolph of Roanoke,” to Henry St. George Tucker.

Library of Virginia (Personal Papers Collection)
St. George Tucker Grinnan Papers, 1716-1885; 178 leaves (positive and negative photostats; originals lent for copying by St. George Tucker Grinnan, 1949).
Four letters from Henry St. George Tucker to John Coalter, his brother-in-law  (1816, 1819); one letter from Henry St. George Tucker to his brother, John Randolph (1824); and one letter from Randolph to Tucker (1829). Finding aid available.

University of Virginia (Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library)
Personal letter to John Randolph (Tucker’s half brother), Roanoke, 1824.