George Wythe Bibliography

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Marble bust by Bryant Baker (1962). Original at the Virginia State Capitol, Library of Virginia art collection, Richmond, Virginia.

Biographical monographs

  • Bailey, John. Jefferson's Second Father. Sydney, Australia: Momentum Books, 2013.
  • Blackburn, Joyce. George Wythe of Williamsburg. New York: Harper & Row, 1975.
  • Brown, Imogene E. American Aristides: A Biography of George Wythe. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1981.
  • Clarkin, William. Serene Patriot: A Life of George Wythe. Albany, New York: Alan Publications, 1970.
  • Dill, Alonzo Thomas. George Wythe: Teacher of Liberty. Williamsburg, Va.: Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission, 1979.
  • Kirtland, Robert Bevier. George Wythe: Lawyer, Revolutionary, Judge. New York: Garland, 1986.
  • Loker, Aleck. George Wythe: Venerable Statesman, Jurist and Educator. Williamsburg, Va.: Solitude Press, 2007.
  • Munson, Suzanne. Jefferson's Godfather: The Man Behind the Man. Richmond, Virginia: The Oaklea Press, 2018.

Biographical articles

  • Herrink, L.S. "George Wythe." In John P. Branch Historical Papers of Randolph-Macon College, 3, no. 4 (June 1912), 283-313.
  • Lewis, J. L., Jr. "Prize Biography: George Wythe." In Literary Inquirer 3, no. 2 (30 July 1834): 13.
  • Minor, B. B. "Memoir of the Author." In Decisions of Cases In Virginia, by the High Court Chancery, with Remarks Upon Decrees By the Court of Appeals, Reversing Some of Those Decisions, by George Wythe, edited by B. B. Minor, xi-xxxx. Richmond, Virginia: J.W. Randolph, 1852.
  • Smith, Robert W. "George Wythe (1726-1806)." In Great American Judges: An Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, edited by John R. Vile, 835-840. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2003.
  • Strahan, Thomas. "George Wythe - Revolutionary Lawyer, Teacher and Judge." In The Christian Lawyer, 6, no.1 (Summer, 1975): 24-33.
  • Taylor, Lyon G. and Charles Washington Coleman. "Glimpses of Old College Life." In William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine 8, no. 3 (January 1900): 153-160.
  • Tyler, Lyon Gardiner. "George Wythe." In Great American Lawyers, edited by William Draper Lewis, 51-90. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John C Winston, 1907.
  • William R. Smith, "George Wythe," in Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, edited by John Sanderson, 2:161-184. Philadelphia: R.W. Pomeroy, 1823. Reprinted in Sanderson's Biographies of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, edited by Robert T. Conrad, 633-644. Philadelphia: William Brotherhead, 1865; and An Outline of the Political and Social Life of George Washington, and Biographical Sketches of the Lives of the Fifty-six Signers of the Declaration of Independence, edited by in James Tyson, 2:196-212. Oakland, CA: Pacific Press, 1895.
  • "Wythe, George." In Encyclopædia Americana, edited by Francis Lieber, 13:287. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, and Blanchard, 1833.

Wythe on the Web

  • Berkin, Carol. "Founding Fathers: Virginia." National Constitution Center. Excerpted from A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution. New York: Harcourt, 2002.
  • The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. "George Wythe." Accessed July 10, 2014.
  • Goodrich, Charles A. "George Wythe, 1726-1806." In Excerpted from Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence. New York: William Reed & Co., 1856. Pages 364-372.
  • Lockwood, Thornton C. and Page Warden. "George Wythe." In The Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Article published December 11, 2011.
  • The Monticello Foundation. "George Wythe." In The Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia. Accessed July 10, 2014.

Wythe the judge

  • Bryson, W. Hamilton. "The Use of Roman Law in Virginia Courts." In American Journal of Legal History 28 (1984): 135-146.
  • Hoffman, Richard J. "Classics in the Courts of the United States, 1790-1800." In American Journal of Legal History 55 (1978): 55-84.

Wythe the teacher

  • Hunter, Thomas. "The Teaching of George Wythe." In The History of Legal Education in the United States: Commentaries and Primary Sources, edited by Steve Sheppard, 1:138-168. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1999.

Wythe's death

  • Berexa, Daniel P. "The Murder of Founding Father George Wythe." In Tennessee Bar Journal (January 2011): 22-29.
  • Chadwick, Bruce. I Am Murdered: George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the Killing that Shocked a New Nation. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
  • Chadwick, Bruce. "The Mysterious Death of Judge George Wythe." In American History (February 2009): 36-41.
  • Hemphill, W. Edwin. "Examinations of George Wythe Swinney for Forgery and Murder: A Documentary Essay." In The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., 12, no. 4 (October 1955): 543-574.
  • Hull, Chris. "I Am Murdered." By Harmony Hunter. Past and Present: The Colonial Williamsburg Podcast (January 23, 2012).
  • Jarrett, Calvin. "Was George Wythe Murdered?" In Virginia Cavalcade 13, no.3 (Winter 1963-64): 33-39.
  • Munford, George Wythe. "Chancellor Wythe's Death." In The Two Parsons; Cupid's Sports; The Dream; and The Jewels of Virginia, 414-433. Richmond, Virginia: J.D.K. Sleight, 1884.

Wythe's library

  • Tesar, Linda K. "The Library Reveals the Man: George Wythe, Legal and Classical Scholar." In "Esteemed Bookes of Lawe” and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia, edited by Warren M. Billings and Brent Tarter, 113-136. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017.