One of  Thomas Jefferson’s 1826 letters announcing the appointment of the University of Virginia’s first professor of law returns to the UVA’s Arthur J. Morris Law Library. The letter is now on display.  John Tayloe Lomax was a Virginia native practicing law in Fredericksburg. He was chosen by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as much for his political principles as his pedagogical skills. Lomax was the eighth candidate.  Jefferson was particularly keen to make sure the new professor represented his Republican views not those of the Federalists. Both Jefferson and Madison selected the reading list for the law school.  The University of Virginia Law School, founded in 1819, is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the United States.  For more

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