TUCKER, George, (cousin of Henry St. George Tucker),
a Representative from Virginia; born in St. Georges, Bermuda, on
August 20, 1775; immigrated to Virginia about 1790; was graduated from the
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1797; studied law with Judge
St. George Tucker at William and Mary; was admitted to the bar and commenced
practice in Richmond, Va.; moved to Pittsylvania County, Va., and was elected
Commonwealth attorney of the county; member of the State house of delegates in
1815; moved to Lynchburg, Va., in 1818 and continued the practice of law;
elected to the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Congresses (March 4,
1819-March 3, 1825); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of
War (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses); was appointed by Thomas Jefferson
as the first professor of moral philosophy at the University of Virginia;
resigned as professor in 1845 and moved to Philadelphia; author on finance,
economics, banking, and historical subjects; died in Sherwood, Albemarle
County, Va., April 10, 1861; interment in the University of Virginia Cemetery,
Albemarle County, Va.
BibliographyMcLean, Robert Colin.
George Tucker: Moral Philosopher and Man of Letters. Chapel
Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1961; Snavely, Tipton Ray.
George Tucker as Political Economist. Charlottesville:
University Press of Virginia, 1964.