TUCKER, HENRY ST. GEORGE, 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.