TUCKER, Henry St. George (1780-1848)

TUCKER, HENRY ST. GEORGE, (father of John Randolph Tucker, grandfather of Henry St. George Tucker, cousin of George Tucker, nephew of Thomas Tudor Tucker), A Representative from Virginia; born in Williamsburg, Va., December 29, 1780; pursued classical studies; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1798; later studied law under his father, St. George Tucker, and was graduated in 1801; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Winchester, Va.; captain of Cavalry in the War of 1812; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1819); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Fourteenth Congress), Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Fifteenth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1818; member, State senate, 1819-1823; chancellor of the fourth judicial district of Virginia 1824-1831; maintained a private law school; president of the court of appeals of Virginia 1831-1841; professor of law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville from 1841 to 1845, when he resigned; was the author in 1842 of the honor system for students adopted at the university; author of Tucker's Commentaries and of a treatise on natural law and on the formation of the Constitution of the United States; died in Winchester, Va., August 28, 1848; interment in Mount Hebron Cemetery.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 3 letters.

College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library
Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the Brown-Coalter-Tucker Papers, Group C, 1816-1839, 6 boxes.
Correspondents include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In John Tyler family papers, 1664-1934.
55,130 items. Correspondence and autograph poems. Unpublished description in library.

Papers: In the Tucker Family Papers, ca. 1664-1945, approximately 35,000 items.
Other authors include Henry St. George Tucker.


Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA
Microfilm: In Tucker Family Papers, ca. 1664-1945, 44 reels.
The original papers are at the College of William and Mary.


Duke University Library
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1796-1896, 8 items.
The papers of Henry St. George Tucker include a document, 1796, signed by St. George Tucker, father of Henry, announcing the appointment of James Brown as the elder Tucker's lawyer; letter, 1824, from Henry concerning the hiring of a teacher for his children; personal and financial letters from Henry St. George Tucker to John Lisle; and a letter, 1896, of Henry St. George Tucker (1853-1932), grandson of Henry, concerning Democratic Party unity.

Papers: In the James M. Garnett Papers, 1733-1923, 157 items.
Correspondents include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In the Tucker-Coalter Family Letters, 1794-1821, 38 items.
Persons represented include Henry St. George Tucker.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1822, 1 item.
A letter from Henry St. George Tucker to John Ambler written on November 12, 1822, regarding a financial matter.

Papers: In the Robert J. Walker Papers, 1815-1936, 3000 items.
Persons represented include Henry St. George Tucker.


The Library of Virginia
Archives Branch
Richmond, VA
Papers: In autobiography (1907) of his grandson St. George Tucker Brooke.
Finding aid in repository.

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

Papers: In the Tazewell Family Papers, 1759-1858, 56 items.
Other authors include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In the St. George Tucker Papers, 1802-1819, 12 leaves.
Other authors include Henry St. George Tucker.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: December 16, 1816; June 12, 1822; September 1, 1836. 3 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries
Southern Historical Collection
Durham, NC
Papers: In the Tucker Family Papers, 1790-1932, 37 linear feet.
Correspondents include Henry St. George Tucker.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1831, 1 item.
A letter from Henry St. George Tucker to the Editor of the Globe, written on July 9, 1831. In the letter, Tucker protests that he paid for a subscription to the Globe and had not received a copy.

Papers: 1824, 1 item.
A letter from Henry St. George Tucker to John Randolph written on December 15, 1824. In the letter, Tucker writes about personal matters.

Papers: In the Francis Walker Gilmer Papers, 1784-1826, 283 items.
Correspondents include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In the Henry Family Papers, 1766-1866, 19 items.
The papers contain a letter from Henry St. George Tucker to Wyatt Cardwell written in 1840 concerning financial matters, a fugitive slave, and comments on the current election.

Papers: In the Nathaniel Macon Papers, 1798-1874, 36 items.
The papers include a letter from Henry St. George Tucker written on November 2, 1833, regarding the estate of John Randolph of Roanoke.

Papers: In the John Randolph of Roanoke Papers, 1781-1854, 216 items.
Correspondents include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In the Randolph Court Record, 1835, 1 volume.
Persons represented include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In the Stuart-Baldwin Families, 1764-1884, 8 linear feet.
Persons represented include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In the Tucker Family Letters, 1813-1845, 5 items.
Correspondents include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In the Virginia Letters and Legal Opinion, 1776-1846, 10 items.
Persons represented include Henry St. George Tucker.

Papers: In the Washington Family Papers, 1770-1883, 50 items.
Persons represented include Henry St. George Tucker.


Washington and Lee University Library
Special Collections
Lexington, VA
Papers: 1840, 6 pages.
A letter from Andrew Stevenson to Henry St. George Tucker written around December 10, 1840. In the letter, Stevenson discusses American political parties and the presidential election of 1840.

Papers: In the Tucker Family Papers, ca. 1797-1931, approximately 80 items.
Other authors include Henry St. George Tucker.

  • Tucker, Henry St. George. Commentaries on the laws of Virginia, comprising the substance of a course of lectures delivered to the Winchester Law School. Richmond: Shepherd and Colin, 1846. Reprint, with an introduction by David Cobin and Paul Finkelman, Union, N.J.: Lawbook Exchange, 1998.
  • ------. A few lectures on natural law. Charlottesville, [Va.]: Published by James Alexander, 1844.
  • ------. Introductory lecture delivered by the professor of law in the University of Virginia, at the opening of the Law School in September, 1841. Charlottesville: Published by Magruder & Noel, 1841.
  • ------. Lectures on Constitutional Law: For the Use of the Law Class at the University of Virginia. Richmond: Printed by Shepherd and Colin, 1843. Reprint, Clark, N.J.: Lawbook Exchange, 2004.
  • ------. Lectures on government. Charlottesville, [Va.]: Published by James Alexander, 1844.