National Historical Publications & Records Commission

William Wirt Papers

(Microfilm Edition)

Maryland Historical Society

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William Wirt (1772 –1834) was an American author and statesman who is credited with turning the position of United States Attorney General into one of influence (1817-29).  This microfilm edition of his papers is primarily the personal correspondence (1786–1850). Especially valuable is the detailed portrait of court and government life of the 1820s.

24 reels, 23-page guide


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William Wirt, by Saint-Mémin, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de, 1808, courtesy Library of Congress


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