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    Declaration Signer George Wyeth Document Signed. Two pages, two sided, 8" x 12.5", n.p. [Richmond], August 22, 1799. George Wyeth's life was dedicated to public service. He was Virginia's foremost classical scholar, dean of its lawyers, a Williamsburg alderman and mayor, a member of the House of Burgesses, and house clerk. He was the colony's attorney general, a delegate to the Continental Congress, speaker of the state assembly, the nation's first college law professor, Virginia's chancellor, and a framer of the federal Constitution, as well as the first signer from Virginia on the Declaration of Independence. Considered the Father of American Jurisprudence, Wyeth's law students included President Thomas Jefferson and Chief Justice John Marshall. In 1789, Wythe accepted an appointment as judge of Virginia's Court of Chancery in Richmond, where he presided over the indentured servant case delineated in this document. Document is moderately age toned with a few open and closed chips at folds. Docketed on verso. Very large, bold signature. In fine condition.

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