Jefferson's Second Father
“He was my ancient master, my earliest and best friend; and to him I am indebted for first impressions which have had the most salutary influence on the course of my life.”
Thomas Jefferson on George Wythe, 1806.
This is the story of George Wythe, a man determined, steadfast and courageous, described by Benjamin Rush as possessing “dove-like simplicity and gentleness of manner.”
From his humble beginnings as a circuit lawyer in Virginia, Wythe was a prominent opponent of slavery and was instrumental in the creation of the constitution. His distinguished career saw him appointed the first professor of law in the United States.
Wythe witnessed most of the great events leading to America’s independence and formation as a nation and was a signatory to the Declaration of Independence. And then, in 1806, Wythe was murdered.
This book tells the story of George Wythe’s life, his amazing legacy, his role as second father to the fathers of the nation and offers a solution to the mystery of his bizarre and tragic death.