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April 15, 2011

Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson Debate Interpretation of the 18th-century Law

George Morrow, author of the “Williamsburg in Character” series, will sign copies of his book, “The Greatest Lawyer That Ever Lived: Patrick Henry at the Bar of History,” from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers, 101 Visitor Center Dr.

In “The Greatest Lawyer That Ever Lived: Patrick Henry at the Bar of History,” Morrow describes Jefferson’s malice for Henry. William Wirt interviewed Jefferson for the book, “Sketches of Patrick Henry,” that was published in the early 1800s after Henry’s death in 1799. In it, Jefferson tainted Henry’s reputation. Henry, for his part, had something to do with the Virginia legislature’s treatment of Gov. Jefferson after the British invasion of 1781.

Beginning at 4 p.m., Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson appear discuss differences in their approach to the law and how each viewed the other’s place in history.

The “Williamsburg in Character” series focuses on the people and events of Revolutionary Williamsburg. Morrow has written two other books in the series – “A Cock and Bull for Kitty: Lord Dunmore and the Affair that Ruined the British Cause in Virginia” and “The Day They Buried Great Britain: Francis Fauquier, Lord Botetourt, and the Fate of Nations.” These paperbacks are available for $11.99 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers.

Morrow brings a lifetime of experience to bear on the characters of the people featured in this series. He has been a university instructor, lawyer, general counsel for a Fortune 100 company, the CEO of two major health care organizations and a management consultant. He received his academic training in textual analysis and literary theory from Rutgers and Brown Universities.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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