Tucker, John Randolph

Tucker, John Randolph

(1823–97) lawyer, professor, congressman; born in Winchester, Va. (son of Henry St. George Tucker, 1780–1848). Attorney general of Virginia (1857–65), professor and dean at Washington & Lee University (1870–74, 1889–97), U.S. Representative (Dem., Va.; 1875–87), he maintained a law practice (1865–97), often appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. He championed states' rights, tariff reform, and the Constitution.
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