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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]

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