Tucker, Henry St. George, eldest son of Judge St. George Tucker by his first wife. Frances Bland, daughter of
Theodorick Bland, and widow of John Randolph, of Matoax," in Chesterfield county, was born at that place,
December 29, 1780. In 1791 he entered the grammar school of William and Mary College, conducted by Rev. John Bracken,
and completed the college course of Bachelor of Arts, July 4, 1799. He took a law course under his father, the
professor of law in the college, and began to practice at Winchester in 1802. He speedily attiacted notice and
was elected to the house of delegates in 1807, served afterwards in the war of 1812, and in 1815 was elected to
Congress. where he served two terms. He served in the state senate, 1819-1823; president of the Virginia Supreme
Court of Appeals, 1831-41, and law professor at University of Virginia, 1841-45. He conducted a celebrated law
school for some years at Winchester, and declined the post of United States attorney general, offered by President
Jackson. He wrote "Commentaries on the Law of Virginia" (2 vols., 1836); "Lectures on Constitutional
Law" (1843), and "Lectures on Natural Law and Government" (1841). He was president of the Virginia
Historical and Philosophical societies, and received the degree of Doctor of Laws from William and Mary in 1837.
He married Ann Evelina, daughter of Moses Hunter, and died at Winchester, Virginia, August 28, 1848. He is to be
distinguished from an Anglo Indian relative and namesake (1771-1851), who was chairman of the East India Company,
and whose life was written by J. W. Kave, 1854.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
Vol. 2 Prominent Persons in Virginia
Vol. 2 Judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals
Vol. 2 United States Senators
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