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William Wirt Henry (February 14, 1831 -
December 5, 1900) was a Virginia lawyer and politician, historian
and writer, a biographer of Patrick Henry—his grandfather, and who
served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly,
and was president of The Virginia Bar Association and
the American Historical
Born in Charlotte County, Virginia,
Henry graduated from the University of Virginia, and was
admitted to the bar in 1853. He served in the Confederate Army.
After the War, he moved his practice to Richmond in 1873, and
specialized in appellate advocacy, and was elected two terms in the
Virginia House of Delegates
and a term in the Senate of Virginia.
Henry served as president of the American Historical
Association in 1891, and
was president of the Virginia Historical Society
for 1891-92. Henry
collected and wrote a three-volume work, Patrick Henry: Life,
Correspondence and Speeches, of
which the first volume was first published in 1891. Henry also
wrote on the trials of Aaron Burr and Jefferson Davis. He also
wrote widely-cited articles about Captain John Smith
and Sir Walter
Henry served as president of The Virginia Bar Association in
was a vice-president of the American Bar Association,
which included his obituary in its annual report for 1900. Henry
received honorary law degrees from both the College
of William & Mary and Washington & Lee University.
- ^ "THE ORATOR OF THE DAY.;
Character and Tastes of William Wirt Henry of Virginia". The
New York Times, September 19, 1893. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9403E3D9103BEF33A2575AC1A96F9C94629ED7CF. Retrieved March 8,
- ^ "Presidential address of
William Wirt Henry, 1891". The American Historical
Association. http://www.historians.org/info/AHA_history/wwhenry.htm. Retrieved March 7,
"Annual Report, 2006".
Virginia Historical Society. http://www.vahistorical.org/about/annualreport06.pdf. Retrieved March 7,
Henry, William Wirt (2006). Patrick
Henry: Life, Correspondence and Speeches, vol. 1. Kessinger
Publishing (accessed via Google Books). ISBN
Henry, William Wirt, et al. (2006).
The Trial of Aaron Burr and the Trials of Jefferson Davis.
Kessinger Publishing (accessed via Google Books). ISBN
- ^ "Was John Smith a Liar?".
American Heritage, October 1958 (citing Wirt). http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1958/6/1958_6_28.shtml. Retrieved March 7,
- ^ "VBA History and
Heritage". The Virginia Bar Association. http://www.vba.org/history.htm. Retrieved March 7,
Report of the Twenty-Third Annual
Meeting of the American Bar Association. American Bar
Association (accessed via Google Books).
recipients". Swem Library, College of William & Mary. http://swem.wm.edu/departments/special-collections/exhibits/degrees.pdf. Retrieved March 7,
- ^ "Honorary degrees
conferred". Washington & Lee University. http://ir.wlu.edu/factbook/academicaffairs/honors/honorarydegrees/alphabeticallist.htm. Retrieved March 7,