Dates: 1980

Collection Number: MS 83

Extent: 1 folder; 1 item, 73p.

Biographical/Historical Information: William Joseph Robertson (1817-1898) was a noted attorney and judge in Charlottesville, Virginia. Robertson was the first president of the Virginia Bar Association and served on the Virginia Court of Appeals. His most celebrated case was his representation of the Lee family in its efforts to recover its Arlington estate confiscated by the federal government during the Civil War. His home at 705 Park Street is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scope and Content: This is a typescript of Judge William J. Robertson and 19th Century Virginia: Modesty and Acheivement in Times of Turmoil and Change by Lindsay R. Barnes, Jr. (English Legal Thought, Professor Calvin Woodard, University of Virginia School of Law), 1 December 1980. 73p.