World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

William Wirt Henry

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 Association.

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.[1]

Henry served as president of the American Historical Association in 1891,[2] and was president of the Virginia Historical Society for 1891-92.[3] Henry collected and wrote a three-volume work, Patrick Henry: Life, Correspondence and Speeches,[4] of which the first volume was first published in 1891. Henry also wrote on the trials of Aaron Burr and Jefferson Davis.[5] He also wrote widely cited articles about Captain John Smith[6] and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Henry served as president of The Virginia Bar Association in 1896-97,[7] and was a vice-president of the American Bar Association, which included his obituary in its annual report for 1900.[8] Henry received honorary law degrees from both the College of William & Mary[9] and Washington & Lee University.[10]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^

External links

  • Wikisource logo Works written by or about William Wirt Henry at Wikisource
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.