George Wythe, a prominent judge
and professor who signed the Declaration of Independence, died in Richmond on June 8, 1806. He had
become violently ill after eating breakfast on May 25 with Lydia Broadnax and Michael
Brown, both free African
Americans. On May 27, George Wythe
Sweeney Jr., Wythe's great-nephew, attempted to cash a check bearing Wythe's forged
signature and was arrested soon after. Brown died on June 1, and by that time Wy. . .
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