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St. George Tucker's Law Reports and Selected Papers

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, College of William & Mary

University of North Carolina Press 

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Best known for his edition of Blackstone's Commentaries, St. George Tucker (1752-1827), a lawyer and judge in the state and federal courts of Virginia, played a central role in the legal history of post-Revolutionary Virginia and of the new nation. This comprehensive edition of Tucker's law reports and selected loose papers is an unsurpassed archive for studying the “republicanization” of the common law as it unfolded in the commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Tucker's papers provide an invaluable source for tracking Virginia's efforts to establish a system of state superior courts operating alongside the older county court system dating from the colonial period. Tucker's reports fill a documentary gap caused by the 1865 fire that destroyed Virginia's higher court records.

Complete in three volumes


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St. George Tucker by Charles B.J.F. de Saint-Mémin, Courtesy Harvard Law School Library


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