Person:William Wirt (1)

US Atty Gen. William Wirt
  1. US Atty Gen. William Wirt1772 - 1834
  2. Elizabeth Wirt - 1835
m. 1802
  • HUS Atty Gen. William Wirt1772 - 1834
  • WMildred Gilmerabt 1775 -
  1. Dr. Henry Grattan Wirt1818 - 1859
  2. Catherine G. Wirt
Facts and Events
Name[1] US Atty Gen. William Wirt
Gender Male
Birth[1] 8 Nov 1772 Maryland, United States
Marriage 1802 Virginia, United Statesto Elizabeth Washington Gamble
Death[1] 18 Feb 1834 Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Reference Number? Q1244572?
Burial[1] Congressional Cemetery, District of Columbia, United States

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William Wirt (November 8, 1772 – February 18, 1834) was an American author and statesman who is credited with turning the position of United States Attorney General into one of influence. Wirt County, West Virginia, is named in his honor.

Published Works

In 1816, Wirt wrote Life and Character of Patrick Henry, a biography of Patrick Henry which contained the supposed text of some of Henry's speeches, many of which had never been published. Some historians have since speculated that some of Henry's phrases that have since become famous, such as "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!," were fabricated by Wirt for this book and even contemporary Thomas Jefferson shelved his copy of the biography under fiction.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 William Wirt , in Find A Grave.

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  2.   William Wirt (Attorney General), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.