William Wirt

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Harrison W. Mark
by James Barton Longacre
published on 12 January 2024
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William Wirt (1772-1834), an American author and politician who served as US attorney general from 1817 until 1829. Wirt was also a historian, most famous for his biography of Patrick Henry, which contained a reconstruction of Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech; some modern historians believe that parts, or even all, of the speech was fabricated by Wirt himself.

Engraving by James Barton Longacre, between 1810-1834.

Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

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