George Wythe

Drawing by John Trumbull, 1791

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QUICK FACTS
BORN:
1726 in Elizabeth City County (now Hampton), Virginia
  DIED:
8 June 1806 in Richmond, Virginia
Buried at St. John’s Church in Richmond.

  • Taught law and prepared Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Marshal for the bar.
PLACES TO VISIT
Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

America had a common language, unlike the European nations, none of which was linguistically homogeneous. in 1789 the majority of Frenchmen did not speak French but were divided by a variety of provincial patois. Englishmen from Yorkshire were incomprehensible to those from Cornwall and vice versa. By contrast, Americans could understand one another from Maine to Georgia. It was very obvious why this should be so, said John Witherspoon, president of Princeton. Since Americans were much more unsettled, and move frequently from place to place, they are not as liable to local peculiarities, either in accent or phraseology.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)