George Wythe Bibliography

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Full-length Biographies

  • 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.

Biographical Articles

  • Lewis, J. L., Jr. "Prize Biography: George Wythe." 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.
  • Taylor, Lyon G. and Charles Washington Coleman. "Glimpses of Old College Life." 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 as Judge

Wythe as 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." 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.
  • 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

  • LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on May 1, 2014.

Wythe on the Web


The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation: From, a website run by the Independence Hall Association, which aims "to educate the public about the Revolutionary and Colonial eras of American history."

The Monticello Foundation: From, a resource for American history teachers and students, run by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: From Information Please, an online almanac, encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, and atlas run by Pearson Education A collection of short biographies on several Founding Fathers from Virginia, including George Wythe, from the Charters of Freedom exhibit at the National Archives From the blog of TheCapitol.Net, a business that teaches government, military, and business professionals how to work with the legislative and executive branches of government From the Daughters of the Revolution, George Wythe Chapter, Richmond, VA From Colonial Hall, a collection of biographical sketches of the Founding Fathers,+George From Virginia Memory, a part of the Library of Virginia Short outline of the religious views of George Wythe, including links to other websites From the National Parks Service's online book "Signers of the Declaration" From, a website run by the Caroline County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors/Economic Development Office From Encyclopedia Virginia, a Publication of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, in partnership with the Library of Virginia Bibliography of resources on George Wythe, from Strangers to Us All: Lawyers and Poetry, by Professor James R. Elkins, College of Law, West Virginia University From the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence "George Wythe of Williamsburg," by Robert A. Peterson, published in The Freeman, June 1984, a publication of the Foundation of Economic Education From Virtualology, a virtual education project Biographical sketches of several Founding Fathers from Virginia, including George Wythe, excerpted from A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, by Carol Berkin; from the website of the Constitution Center, a nonprofit institution dedicated to the Constitution From the New World Encyclopedia, a wiki-based encyclopedia From the personal blog of the author of a children's book that prominently features George Wythe "Forgotten Founding Fathers: George Wythe," by Daily Kos user mkfox "George Wythe 1726-1806, Books on Landscape, Garden, & Farm" from Early American Gardens From the website of the Pyrolitical Radio Show, a daily political radio program; "I am murdered: the Tale of George Wythe," a podcast produced by Colonial Williamsburg, in which interviewer Harmony Hunter speaks with historical re-enactor Chris Hull about Wythe's life; 12 minutes; transcript available From the Law Library--American Law and Legal Information, an online encyclopedia Short biography from Founding Father Quotes database From Liberty for All, an online libertarian magazine Blog post about pomegranates given to Thomas Jefferson by George Wythe "A new book published highly George Wythe," message board posting including an excerpt from "Thomas Jefferson -- Roots of Religious Freedom," by John Harding Peach Thread from, "Re: Question's about George Wythe's (1726-1806)family," including discussion of rumors surrounding his death

Murder "The Curious Death of George Wythe: "I Am Murdered!", by Mark Esposito, published on the blog of Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Short biography by an amateur historian with a particular emphasis on the circumstances surrounding Wythe's murder