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DEW, Thomas Roderick, educator, born in King and Queen County, Virginia, 5 December 1802; died in Paris, France, 6 August 1846. He was graduated at William and Mary in 1820, and afterward traveled two years in Europe. In 1827 he was appointed professor of history, metaphysics, and political economy in William and Mary, of which College he was made president in 1836. He held this office until his death, which occurred while he was traveling in Europe with his bride. His published works are:" The Policy of the Government" (1829); "An Essay in Favor of Slavery" (1833), which produced an extraordinary effect upon the public mind, and for a while set at rest the subject of emancipation in Virginia; "A Digest of the Laws, Customs, Manners, and Institutions of Ancient and Modern Nations" (New York, 1853). This is a treatise on the history of the world from its earliest period to the first French revolution. He also published "Lectures," on " Usury," " History," " The Characteristic Difference of Man and Woman," etc., and contributed to the " Southern Literary Messenger."
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