The William Wirt Papers

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William Wirt (1772-1834), a successful author and historian, served as U.S. attorney general from 1817 to 1829 and participated in nearly every significant litigation from the Callandar trial in 1800 to the Cherokee cases of 1831-32. His devotion to the cause of the Indians and his distaste for Andrew Jackson led him to run as the Anti-Masonic candidate for president in 1832. Over 8,000 of his papers are assembled here, providing valuable insight into the political, legal, and social history of his time.

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