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Wirt, William, 1772-1834

 

William Wirt was born in Bladensburg, Maryland on November 8, 1772. He was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1792 and began practicing at Culpeper Courthouse. From 1817-1829, Wirt was Attorney General of the United States. In 1824, Attorney General Wirt argued for the United States against Daniel Webster in Gibbons v. Ogden that the federal patent laws preempted New York State's patent grant to steamboat inventor Robert Fulton's successor, Aaron Ogden, of the exclusive right to operate a steamboat between New York and New Jersey in the Hudson River. Wirt died on February 18, 1834.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Salma Hale letter

Mss 818260
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Identifier: Mss 818260
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Thomas Speed letter

Mss 818573
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Identifier: Mss 818573
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William Wirt letter

Webster Mss 829408
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Identifier: Mss 829408
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William Wirt letter

Mss 818261
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Identifier: Mss 818261
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William Wirt letter

Mss 820326
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Identifier: Mss 820326
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William Wirt letter

Mss 820571
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Identifier: Mss 820571
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William Wirt letter

Webster Mss 830304
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Identifier: Mss 830304
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William Wirt letter

Mss 830602
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Identifier: Mss 830602
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William Wirt letter to Daniel Webster

Webster Mss 828219.1
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Identifier: Mss 828219.1
Content Description United States Attorney General William Wirt writes to Daniel Webster concerning an unidentified court case that Gov. Ninian Edwards of Illinois lost. Wirt wants Webster's personal opinion of the case to be relayed to Edwards.