|Mt. Comfort, Virginia|
|Died||January 3, 1842|
|Buckingham County, Virginia|
Susan Brown Christian
|Known for||Studied law under George Wythe|
Executor of Wythe's will
William DuVal (1748 – 1842), known as Major DuVal, was a prominent Virginia lawyer and a friend and neighbor of George Wythe during the latter's residence in Richmond, Virginia. Born and raised in Richmond, DuVal served in the armed forces during the Revolution, and then studied law in Philadelphia and at William & Mary College, presumably as one of Wythe's students. In December 1789 when the first federal district court commenced proceedings, DuVal was among the first four men admitted to practice before the court—along with John Marshall, James Innes, and German Baker. Governor John Page also appointed the major to a position as a ward commissioner in the city of Richmond.
DuVal's home at the corner of Sixth and Grace streets sat diagonally opposite to the home of George Wythe. DuVal acted as his neighbor's lawyer and served as the executor of Wythe's will. In this capacity, the responsibility fell to DuVal to inform Thomas Jefferson of their friend's last illness and subsequent death. Jefferson and DuVal corresponded over the course of six months in 1806 discussing the disposition of Wythe's bequests and their mutual admiration for their fallen friend.
DuVal died at his plantation in Buckingham County on January 3, 1842 at the age of 94.
- Bessie Berry Grabowskii, The DuVal Family of Virginia, 1701: Descendants of Daniel DuVal, Huguenot and Allied Families, (Richmond, Va.: Press of the Dietz Printing Co, 1931), 186.
- Grabowskii, 189.
- Grabowskii, 190.
- Grabowskii, 191
- Grabowskii, 186.