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Georges Wythe is best known for his work as an early American judge and law professor to future presidents, including Thomas Jefferson.
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George Wythe was born in 1726 in Elizabeth County, Virginia. Wythe became a delegate to the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He was one of the first American judges to void a law deemed unconstitutional, and later trained Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall as a professor of law.
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