Born in 1726, George Wythe (pronounced "with") was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He served in the First Continental Congress and was a Virginia delegate at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He also helped to develop the Bill of Rights. While teaching at the College of William and Mary, he became the first scholar to make American constitutional law the subject of regular instruction.

As the personal mentor to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Henry Clay, John Marshall and many other notable founders of the United States, Wythe was known as America's "Teacher of Liberty."