Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and Translations

Period of Performance

7/1/2010 - 6/30/2011

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$105,000.00 (approved)
$105,000.00 (awarded)

St. George Tucker Law Papers

FAIN: RQ-50434-10

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, VA 23187-8781)
Charles F. Hobson (Project Director: November 2009 to March 2012)

Final preparation for publication of an edition of the law papers of the early American judge and legal scholar St. George Tucker. (12 months)

This is a two-volume edition of the law papers of St. George Tucker (1752-1827), an influential figure in American law best known for his edition of Blackstone's Commentaries. The edition consists principally of Tucker's reports of cases in the courts of Virginia, 1786-1811, a period in which he served as judge of the General Court and of the Court of Appeals. It will also include Tucker's reports of cases in the U.S. District Court and U.S. Circuit Court, 1813-1822, when he was a judge of those courts, and selected loose papers. Tucker's law papers are preserved in the Tucker-Coleman Collection at William and Mary. They have never been published. The goal of the grant period is to bring the project to completion and publication.

Associated Products

St. George Tucker's Law Reports and Selected Papers, 1782-1825: Three-Volume Set (Book)
Title: St. George Tucker's Law Reports and Selected Papers, 1782-1825: Three-Volume Set
Author: St. George Tucker
Editor: Joan S. Lovelace, Managing Editor
Editor: Charles F. Hobson, Editor
Abstract: Best known for his edition of Blackstone's Commentaries, St. George Tucker (1752-1827), a lawyer and judge in the state and federal courts of Virginia, played a central role in the legal history of post-Revolutionary Virginia and of the new nation. This comprehensive three-volume edition of Tucker's law reports and selected loose papers, edited by Charles F. Hobson, is an archive for studying the "republicanization" of the common law as it unfolded in the commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Tucker's papers provide a source for tracking Virginia's efforts to establish a system of state superior courts operating alongside the older county court system dating from the colonial period. Tucker's reports fill a documentary gap caused by the 1865 fire that destroyed Virginia's higher court records. The editor's general introduction supplies an overview of Tucker's life and judicial career. Editorial aids and appendixes include a guide to Tucker's abbreviations, a short-title bibliography, a glossary of selected legal terms, a biographical register of the Virginia bench and bar, and correspondence and documents relating to the rupture between Tucker and Spencer Roane.
Year: 2013
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Access Model: Book
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Type: Scholarly Edition
ISBN: 9780807837214
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes