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Henry St. George TUCKER

(1780-1848)

TUCKER, Henry St. George, (father of John Randolph Tucker, grandfather of Henry St. George Tucker [1853-1932], cousin of George Tucker, and nephew of Thomas Tudor Tucker), a Representative from Virginia; born in Williamsburg, Va., December 29, 1780; pursued classical studies; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1798; later studied law under his father, St. George Tucker, and was graduated in 1801; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Winchester, Va.; captain of Cavalry in the War of 1812; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1819); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Fourteenth Congress), Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Fifteenth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1818; member, State senate, 1819-1823; chancellor of the fourth judicial district of Virginia 1824-1831; maintained a private law school; president of the court of appeals of Virginia 1831-1841; professor of law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville from 1841 to 1845, when he resigned; was the author in 1842 of the honor system for students adopted at the university; author of Tucker’s Commentaries and of a treatise on natural law and on the formation of the Constitution of the United States; died in Winchester, Va., August 28, 1848; interment in Mount Hebron Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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