TUCKER, George (1775-1861)

TUCKER, GEORGE, a Representative from Virginia; born in St. Georges, Bermuda, on August 20, 1775; immigrated to Virginia about 1790; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1797; studied law with Judge St. George Tucker at William and Mary; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Richmond, Va.; moved to Pittsylvania County, Va., and was elected Commonwealth attorney of the county; member of the State house of delegates in 1815; moved to Lynchburg, Va., in 1818 and continued the practice of law; elected to the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1825); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses); was appointed by Thomas Jefferson as the first professor of moral philosophy at the University of Virginia; resigned as professor in 1845 and moved to Philadelphia; author on finance, economics, banking, and historical subjects; died in Sherwood, Albemarle County, Va., April 10, 1861; interment in the University of Virginia Cemetery, Albemarle County, Va.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Thomas Jefferson Papers, ca. 1606-1943, 90 linear feet.
Persons represented include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Stevenson Family Papers, 1756-1882, 51 containers.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Nicholas Philip Trist Papers, 1795-1873, 6.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include George Tucker.


The Library of Virginia
Archives Branch
Richmond, VA
Papers: 1858. 1 volume (101 pages).
Autobiography. Finding aid in repository.

Papers: In the Peachy Ridgway Gilmer Papers, 1806-1833, 6 items.
Correspondents include George Tucker.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1811-1829, 7 items.
Letters from George Tucker St. George Tucker chiefly concerning family matters.

Papers: 1822-1859, 17 items.
Letters from George Tucker to James Madison, Andrew Stevenson, and Hugh Blair Grigsby.

Papers: 1827, 1 item.
George Tucker's report on the School of Moral Philosophy, written on July 18, 1827. Tucker's report discusses the curriculum and methods of teaching. He concludes with a postscript giving the number of lectures and examinations given as well as the days on which lectures were omitted.

Papers: 1830-1831, 50 items.
George Tucker manuscripts of the lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres of the Political economist and the University of Virginia's first Professor of Moral Philosophy and Chairman of the Faculty, at the seventh session

Papers: 1833, 1 item.
A letter from Geroge Tucker to Dr. Robley Dunglison written on November 11, 1833. In the letter, Tucker asks Dunglison to accept a pair of pewter mugs and mentions an "affair of students" at the University of Virginia.

Papers: 1836-1837, 2 items.
In a letter, 1836 July 25, George Tucker writes to Dolley Payne Todd Madison regarding the publication of James Madison's reports of the debates of the U. S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, mentioning Carey & Lea and Mr. Payne. In another letter, 1937 May 2, to J. Meredith he gives instructions regarding the investment of profits from his wife's estate "Liliendale" and the commission to be paid General Stewart, a trustee.

Papers: 1858, 2 leaves.
A letter from George Tucker to Hugh Blair Grigsby written on June 9, 1858. In the letter, Tucker comments on John Randolph of Roanoke's age, his book Political economy for the people and his desire for books.

Microfilm: In the John Albert Broadus Letters, 1850-1894, 405 items.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Gooch Family Papers, 1800-1891, 5 feet.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Harrison, Smith and Tucker Families Papers, 1790-1936, amount unknown.
Persons represented include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Robert T. Hubard Letters, 1828-1829, 2 items.
The papers include a letter, 1829 May 2, George Tucker, University [of Virginia] to Robert T. Hubard, Caira, Buckingham Co., Va., discussing advantages and disadvantages of banks

Papers: In the Hubard Family Papers, 1749-1951, approximately 9,600 items.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the William Holmes McGuffey Papers, 1845-1873, 7 items.
Papers concerning William McGuffey's appointment to chair of Moral Philosophy at Univ. of Virginia. Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the James Madison Correspondence, 1801-1842, 48 items.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Miscellaneous Papers, ca. 1743-1881, 19 items and 7 volumes.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the John Randolph Letters to David Parish, 1812-1833, 10 items.
Other authors include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Richard J. Reid Papers, 1770-1910, 2500 items.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Maupin Socrates Papers, 1853-1870, 33 items.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Stuart-Baldwin Families, 1764-1884, approximately 8 linear feet.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the University of Virginia Board of Visitors Records, ca. 1821-1826, 14 items.
Correspondents include George Tucker.

Papers: In the University of Virginia Chairman of the Faculty Journals, 1827-1864, 12 volumes.
Persons represented include George Tucker.

Papers: In the Virginia Letters, 1816 and 1826, 2 items.
In a letter, 1816 January 25, St. George Tucker, Williamsburg, Va., writes to John Coalter on a financial matter and mentions a rumored account of Jefferson's death. In a letter, 1826 July 6, George Tucker, University of Virginia, writes to Gale & Seaton, Washington, reporting Jefferson's death and funeral.

  • McLean, Robert Colin. George Tucker: Moral Philosopher and Man of Letters. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1961.
  • Snavely, Tipton Ray. George Tucker as Political Economist. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1964.
  • Tucker, George. A century hence: Or, A romance of 1941. Edited with an introduction by Donald R. Noble. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1977.
  • ------. Defence [sic] of the character of Thomas Jefferson, against a writer in the New-York review and quarterly church journal. By a Virginian. New-York: Printed by W. Osborn, 1838.
  • ------. An essay on cause and effect; being an examination of Hume's doctrine that we can perceive no necessary connexion [sic] between them. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1850.
  • ------. The history of the United States. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1856-57.
  • ------. The laws of wages, profits, and rent, investigated. Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart, 1837. Reprint, New York: A. M. Kelley, bookseller, 1964.
  • ------. Letters from Virginia. Translated from the French. Baltimore: Published by Fielding Lucas, Jr., 1816.
  • ------. The life of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1837.
  • ------. Memoir of the life and character of John P. Emmet, M. D., professor of chemistry and materia medica in the University of Virginia. Delivered before the visiters [sic], faculty, and alumni of the University, on the Fourth of July, 1845. By George Tucker... Published by order of the faculty. Philadelphia: C. Sherman, printer, 1845.
  • ------. Political economy for the people. Philadelphia: C. Sherman & Son, 1859. Reprint, New York: A. M. Kelley, 1970.
  • ------. Progress of the United States in population and wealth in fifty years, as exhibited by the decennial census. New-York: Press of Hunt's Merchants' Magazine; Boston: Little & Brown, 1843. Reprint, New York: B. Franklin, [1970].
  • ------. Speech of Hon. Henry St. George Tucker: Delivered at Amherst Court House, VA., July 30th, 1896 before the Democratic Convention of the Tenth Congressional District of Virginia. Lexington, Va.: Rockridge County News Print., 1896.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Tucker, of Virginia, on the restriction of slavery in Missouri. [Washington?: N.p. 1820]
  • ------. The theory of money & banks investigated. Boston: C. C. Little and J. Brown, 1839. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968.
  • ------. To James Madison, fourth president of the United States. Sir, your long intimacy with Mr. Jefferson, your accordance with him in the principles of civil government ... In submitting to you the biography of that friend. [Charlottesville, Va.?: N.p., 1836?]
  • ------. The Valley of Shenandoah; or, Memoirs of the Graysons. With an introduction by Donald R. Noble, Jr. New York: C. Wiley, 1824. Reprint, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, [1970].
  • ------. A Voyage to the Moon. New York: E. Bliss, 1827. Reprint, with a new preface by David G. Hartwell. Boston: Gregg Press, 1975.