George Wythe

first American law professor, a noted classics scholar, a Founding Father of the United States and a Virginia judge

George Wythe (1726 – June 8, 1806), was a lawyer, judge, prominent law professor and "Virginia's foremost classical scholar."[1] Wythe was one of the seven men from Virginia who signed the United States Declaration of Independence.

George Wythe
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Wythe served as mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia from 1768 to 1769. In 1779 he was appointed to the newly created Chair of Law at William and Mary, becoming the first law professor in the United States. Wythe's pupils included Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, James Monroe, and John Marshall.


  1. Online site for Colonial Willimsburg