The Wythe House.

The Wythe House.
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One of the most influential men of the Revolutionary era, George Wythe ranks among colonial America’s finest lawyers, legal scholars, and teachers. Among the young men Wythe trained in the law were Thomas Jefferson, St. George Tucker, and John Marshall. He probably did more to shape Thomas Jefferson’s ideas than any other man. Jefferson referred to Wythe as "my faithful and beloved Mentor in youth, and my most affectionate friend through life." In 1779, Wythe joined the College of William & Mary faculty to become the first law professor in the United States. George Wythe opposed slavery in principle and freed some of his slaves during his lifetime. He taught at least two of his slaves to read. Today, the home has been furnished to look as it might have when George and Elizabeth Wythe resided in it.

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