, Maryland , United States
|| November 08, 1772
|Died||February 18, 1834
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|Info||William Wirt, born November 8, 1772, died February 18, 1834, was a lawyer, statesman and author. A prominent lawyer of the early republic, Wirt was United States Attorney General for twelve years (1817-1829). In the course of his career, Wirt argued 174 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is remembered as the author of the passage beginning "Who is Blenerhasset," delivered by him in the Burr trial. |
The early years of the Nineteenth Century established Wirt's literary reputation. In 1803 he published "Letters of a British Spy", in 1804 essays contributed to the Richmond Enquirer were included in "The Rainbow", and in 1811 further essays were included in "The Old Bachelor", one of those contributions, "The Blind Preacher", achieving some popular fame.