Date of Award

Summer 1959

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




No attempt bas been made in the following pages to give a biography of Benjamin Watkins Leigh nor to speak of his law career except where it relates to the subject.The aim has been rather to give in some detail the public and political life of Leigh and the part he played in the Virginia and United States governments. The formation of the Whig Party in Virginia and the Jackson Administration were the outstanding events that brought Leigh to the forefront. This constitutes the central position in the following chapters.

Most of the material for this work has been obtained at the Virginia state Library and the Virginia Historical Society.

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