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No man has ever left behind him a character more venerated than George Wythe praised Thomas Jefferson of his tutor His virtue was of the purest tint his integrity inflexible and his justice exact of warm patriotism and devoted as he was to liberty and the natural and equal rights of man he might be called the Cato of his country Lincoln 1 George Wythe was a very influential man in the shaping of the United States because he tutored some of the most important men in Revolutionary era served in many official capacities of great importance and was a leader in the formation of the new nation George Wythe was born in 1726 in Elizabeth City Virginia to Thomas and Margaret Walker Wythe His father a well to do plantation owner died shortly after Georges birth and Wythe was raised by his mother who according to Imogene Brown had a profound influence on him American Aristides A Biography of George Wythe 18 Margaret Wythe a Quaker was an unusually well educated woman for her time She tutored young George in Latin and Greek as well as other subjects and by the time he was a teen George had an excellent education She also instilled many Quaker ideas in George which he was later to address in his public life including the treatment of minorities and women and religious liberty in relation to the separation of church and state At the age of sixteen George went to study law with his Uncle Stephen Dewey who was the kings attorney for the county of Charles City Because of Deweys heavy schedule he had little time to give George one-on-one instruction Instead he set the young man to copying many tedious documents including wills and deeds However George occasionally was able to attend General Court proceedings with his uncle and there he had the opportunity to see and learn from some of the ablest lawyers of
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