George Wythe (1779-1789)

Further reading:

Alonzo Thomas Dill, George Wythe, Teacher of Liberty (1979).

Wythe Holt, “George Wythe: Early Modern Judge,” Alabama Law Review 58 (2007).

Thomas Hunter, “The Teaching of George Wythe,” The History of Legal Education in the United States: Commentaries and Primary Sources, edited by Steve Sheppard (1999).

Robert Kirtland, “George Wythe (1726-1806),” The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (2009).

Robert Kirtland, George Wythe: Lawyer, Revolutionary, Judge (1986).

F. Thornton Miller, Juries and Judges versus the Law: Virginia’s Provincial Legal Perspective, 1783-1828 (1994).

Linda K. Tesar, The Library Reveals the Man: George Wythe, Legal and Classical Scholar,” in Warren M. Billings and Brent Tarter, eds., “Esteemed Bookes of Lawe” and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia” (2017), an analysis of Wythe’s library.

Research collections:

Founders Online, from the National Archives and Records Administration, provides access to George Wythe correspondence, 1760-1806, in the papers of five presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe; most from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 

Wythepedia: The George Wythe Encyclopedia, a project of the The Wolf Law Library at the College of William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law, provides access to digitized letters and papers from Wythe’s hand from the papers of his contemporaries (no collection of George Wythe’s papers or correspondence has survived to the present day) and a bibliography of resources about Wythe.

Wythepedia also provides access to historical and bibliographic information for the George Wythe Collection, The Wolf Law Library’s ongoing re-creation of Wythe’s Library, as well as a compilation of information pertaining to Wythe’s life.