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“From Mountaintop to Mountaintop of Knowledge:” Willie H. Maverick graduates from the University of Virginia

May 20, 2015

Congratulations to all of the recent and upcoming graduates out there! The Alamo Research Center would like to salute your achievement. So here’s to you, 2015 Graduate!

Commencement program, University of Virginia, June 30th, 1870, Col 11749, Maverick Family Papers, DRT Library Collection, Alamo Research Center.

Commencement program, University of Virginia, June 30th, 1870, Col 11749, Maverick Family Papers, DRT Library Collection, Alamo Research Center.

You are joining historic company. In June of 1870, William H. (Willie) Maverick graduated from the University of Virginia with the degree of Bachelor of Law. Willie was the second son of prominent San Antonian Samuel Maverick, one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He had to pass rigorous examinations that include questions such as:

State the doctrine in Virginia as to private statutes; the definition of an ex post facto law; the doctrine in Virginia as to Retrospective Laws; the power of the Courts of England and in Virginia severally, to declare a statute void and why; of what the laws of Virginia consisted previous to the Revolution; Sheriff’s civil liability for escapes; and the coroner’s ministerial duties.

And that’s just one question out of over two dozen for Willie’s four classes!

University of Virgina Commencement Program. Inset shows William Maverick on the list of graduates with a degree in law. Maverick Family Papers, Col 11749, DRT Library Collection, Alamo Research Center.

University of Virgina Commencement Program. Inset shows William Maverick on the list of graduates with a degree in law. Maverick Family Papers, Col 11749, DRT Library Collection, Alamo Research Center.

You can explore more about Willie and the rest of the Maverick family by reading their extensive correspondence, school papers, business records, and other documents in the Maverick Family Papers here at the Alamo Research Center. Schedule your research appointment now!

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