This collection contains correspondence received by John Randolph Tucker from family members, particularly his son, Henry St. George Tucker, and grandson, John Randolph Tucker Carmichael, as well as law associates, fellow professors at Washington and Lee University, and friends. Also included are several of his published speeches, including addresses to the American Bar Association and notes on class lectures at Washington and Lee. There is also information about plans for a law school building to be built in memory of Tucker at the University.
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John Randolph Tucker was born December 24, 1823 in Winchester, Va. He was the son of Henry St. George Tucker and grandson of St. George Tucker. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1844. In addition to practicing law, he served as Attorney General of Virginia (1857-1865), as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives (1875-1887), and taught at Washington and Lee University beginning in 1888, serving as Dean of the Law School from 1893-1897. Tucker also served as president of the Virginia Bar Association (1891-1892) and the American Bar Association (1894). He died in 1897 in Lexington, Va.