A Catalogue of the College of William and Mary in Virginia: From Its Foundation to the Present Time (1859)
The course catalog for the College of William & Mary for 1859 contains a short history of the school, as well as historical rolls of the Board of Visitors, faculty, and students from 1720 through the 1858-1859 session. It was compiled by the College's Professor of History and Political Economy, Robert J. Morrison. The current courses of study and degrees offered for 1859 only take up four of the last five pages of the catalog.
George Wythe is listed several times in the catalog, first in the list of former faculty as Professor of Law (appointed 1779), and also as a student "supposed to have been at the College" after 1720. He is also listed as a member of the Board of Visitors for 1761-1763
Wythe also appears among the names of those whom the College had given honorary degrees. In 1790, the College conferred on Wythe an LL. D. (Latin, Legum Doctor, "Doctor of Laws." The double "L" refers to the practice of both canon law and civil law), alongside his former students, the Bishop James Madison, who received a DD (Doctor of Divinity), and St. George Tucker (LL. D.). Tucker had been on the Board of Visitors since 1788, and another Wythe student, Chief Justice John Marshall, had been elected a Visitor that year, in 1790.
Excerpt text, 1859
COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY. 97
Of those on whom Honorary Degrees have been conferred.
DEGREE. DATE. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN A.M. 1755 CHEVALIER DE CHASTELLUX, General in the French Army LL. D. 1782 JOHN F. COSTE, First Physician, French Army M. D. " THOMAS JEFFERSON LL. D. " RIGHT REV. JAMES MADISON, of Williamsburg D. D. 1790 GEORGE WYTHE, Judge of the Court of Chancery LL. D. " ST. GEORGE TUCKER, State Judge LL. D. " ROBERT ANDREWS, of Williamsburg A. M. " CHARLES BELLINI, of Williamsburg A. M. " GRANVILLE SHARP, of London LL. D. 1791 HUMPHREY HARWOOD, of Williamsburg A. B. " REV. JOHN BRACKEN, of Williamsburg D. D. 1793 REV. JOHN CAMERON, of Bristol Parish D. D. " REV. JAMES MAURY FONTAINE, of Gloucester D. D. " REV. SAMUEL S. McCROSKEY, of Gloucester D. D. " REV. THOMAS ANDREWS, of Williamsburg D. D. " REV. JAMES CRAIG, of Lunenburg D. D. 1794 REV. JOHN BUCHANAN, of Henrico D. D. " MARQUIS DE LA FAYETTE LL. D. 1824 REV. WILLIAM MEADE, of Frederick D. D. 1827 REV. ROBERT B. SEMPLE, of Fredericksburg D. D. " HENRY ST. GEORGE TUCKER, of Winchester LL. D. 1837 BENJAMIN WATKINS LEIGH, of Richmond LL. D. " WILLIAM H. PRESCOTT, of Boston, the Historian LL. D. 1841 RIGHT REV. JOHN PAYNE, Missionary Bishop to Africa D. D. 1851 REV. M. WING, of Gambler College, Ohio D. D. " ALEXANDER SHIRAS, Rappahannock Academy A. M. " HUBERT P. LEFEBVRE, Williamsburg Female Academy A. M. " GEORGE P. SCARBURGII, State Judge LL. D. 1852 WILLIAM H. GILHAM, Virginia Military Institute A. M. " CHARLES S. VENABLE, Prof. at Hampton Sydney College A. M. " RICHARD FORD, Williamsburg Male Academy A. M. " JOHN BLAIR DABNEY, of Campbell County LL. D. 1853 DR. G. L. UPSHUR, of Norfolk A. M. " REV. CHARLES MINNIGERODE, of Norfolk LL. D. 1854 REV. GEORGE D. ARMSTRONG, of Norfolk HON. LITTLETON W. TAZEWELL, of Norfolk LL. D. " HON. JOHN TYLER, Ex-President U. S. LL. D. " JOHN TYLER, JR. A. M. C. WHITE, Rumford Academy A. M. " JOHN B. STRANGE, Norfolk Academy A. M. " JOHN B. CARY, Norfolk Academy A. M. " ROBERT GATEWOOD, Norfolk A. M. 1855 HUGH B. GRIGSBY, Norfolk LL. D. " RT. REV. JOHN JOHNS, Bishop of Va. LL. D. " C. J. D. PRYOR, Williamsburg A. M. 1856 WILLIAM GREEN, Richmond LL. D. " REV. E. A. DALRYMPLE, Pres. University of Md. D. D. 1857 REV. GEORGE WOODBRIDGE, Richmond D. D. " REV. N. A. OKESON, Norfolk D. D. 1858 D. LEE POWELL, Richmond A. M. " ROBT. J. MORRISON, Richmond A. M. " 7
- Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
- George Wythe, America's First Law Professor
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- Teaching of George Wythe
- Wythe Tablet
- Robert J. Morrison, ed., A Catalogue of the College of William and Mary in Virginia: From Its Foundation to the Present Time ([Williamsburg, VA:] 1859).
- Lyon G. Tyler, "Memoranda Relating to the College," William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine 27, no. 4 (April 1919), 230n. Morrison is listed in the Catalogue as receiving an honorary Master of Arts (A.M.) in 1858 (p.97).
- Catalogue, 26.
- Catalogue, 30.
- Hemphill supposes that if Wythe did, in fact, attend the College, he could have been enrolled at Wiliam & Mary's Grammar School as a child between 1730 and 1735, or in upper classes as early as 1740. "George Wythe the Colonial Briton: A Biographical Study of the Pre-Revolutionary Era in Virginia" (PhD diss., University of Virginia, 1937), 34.
- Catalogue, 21.
- Catalogue, 22.