William Tudor was the first Judge Advocate General in America. Tudor also served as the attorney for George Washington.
This handwritten reproduction is dated, July 26, 1794, Boston, by Colonel William Tudor (1750–1819) Patriot, Judge Advocate General of the Continental Army (he was the first U.S. Army Judge Advocate General or "JAG"), Secretary of Massachusetts, and a founder Mass Historical Society. The document is a receipt for payment and provides, in full: "Received of Mr. William Davies Six Pounds in full of all fees in the action of said Davis vs. Bailey Bartlet supposed Trustee of Lane Son & Fraser, determined at the last Circuit Court holden at Boston. Wm. Tudor." Tudor graduated from Harvard in 1769, studied law under John Adams, who became his life-long friend, mentor, and correspondent. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bay Colony Bar in 1772. He was soon recognized as a top-notch lawyer. At the start of the Revolutionary War he joined the Continental Army at Cambridge and, through the influence of John Adams, served as the chief legal officer on George Washington's staff. On July 29, 1775, the office of "judge Advocate of the Army" was created. That same day Tudor was elected as the first Judge Advocate of the Army. The title "Judge Advocate General" was attached to this office on August 10, 1776, and the amended Articles of War, adopted on September 20, 1776, by the Revolutionary Congress of the United States provided that "The Judge Advocate General, or some person deputed by him, shall prosecute in the name of the United States of America." Tudor thus became the first Judge Advocate General (or JAG) in our nation's history. In the Spring of 1776 the Siege at Boston lifted and Tudor moved with Washington and the army to New York City. Tudor also served as a Lieutenant-Colonel of Henley's Additional Continental Regiment (raised in 1777 with Mass and N.H. troops, it saw action at the Battles of Monmouth and Rhode Island. In 1779, it morphed into the 16th Mass Reg..). Throughout all this time Tudor had kept up his pre-war romance with the daughter of a Loyalist. "Love" eventually conguered him and he resigned from the Army in 1778 after getting married (many believe through his wife's insistence) to resume his law practice. He served as a Representative in the Massachusetts General Court from 1781–1794 and as a State Senator from 1801-02. He was Secretary of the Commonwealth from 1808-09. He was also a founder of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The first meeting of the Society was held at his home in Boston on January 24, 1791. His son, William, became founder of the North American Review. His son Frederic, founded the Tudor Ice Company (Boston's "Ice King") who shipped ice to the tropics. His son-in-law was Capt. Charles Stewart, commmander of the USS Constitution.
This William Tudor autograph reproduction would look great in an album or display.