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Thomas Roderick Dew

Thomas Roderick Dew, American economist, college president.

Background

  • Dew, Thomas Roderick was born on December 5, 1802 in Maryland, United States. Son of Thomas and Lucy E. (Gatewood) Dew.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, College William and Mary, 1820.

    Career

    • Professor political law College William and Mary, 1827-1836, president, 1836-1846, largely responsible for bringing college back to its former preeminence. Believer in free trade. Pro-slavery in political and economics theories.

      Became leading proslavery intellectual of South. Author: Lectures on the Restrictive System, 1829. Review of the Debate in the Virginia Legislature of 1831 and 1832, published 1832 (better known in its 2d edition.

      The Pro-Slavery Argument, 1852). Digest of the Laws, Customs Manners, and Institutions of the Ancient and Modern Nations, published posthumously 1853.

    Works

    • Author: Lectures on the Restrictive System, 1829. Review of the Debate in the Virginia Legislature of 1831 and 1832, published 1832 (better known in its 2d edition. The Pro-Slavery Argument, 1852).

      Digest of the Laws, Customs Manners, and Institutions of the Ancient and Modern Nations, published posthumously 1853.

    Connections

    • Married Natilia Hay, 1845.
    • father: Thomas Dew
    • mother: Lucy E. (Gatewood) Dew
    • spouse: Natilia Hay
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    Born December 5, 1802
    Died August 6, 1846
    (aged 43)
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